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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, south, made)

  • Date:

    13th century-14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory with gilt metal mounts

  • Museum number:

    425-1906

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 5

Cylindrical casket in ivory. This example of a casket is unusually large, and has exceptionally well-preserved decorations. It is of Siculo Arabic origin, dating from the 13th-14th century.

Siculo Arabic is also called Sicilian Arabic and refers to a style and language spoken in Sicily and Malta from the 9th to the 14th century, when Sicily was ruled by the Arabs.

Physical description

Cylindrical carved ivory casket with remains of painted and gilded decoration. The feet and mounts of gilt metal.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, south, made)

Date

13th century-14th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory with gilt metal mounts

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm, Diameter: 15 cm

Object history note

From Dudley B Myers, for £50.

Historical significance: A group of circular caskets of this kind survive. This example is unusually large, and has exceptionally well-preserved decoration.

Descriptive line

Casket, cylindrical, carved ivory with remains of painted and gilded decoration and gilt metal mounts, Siculo-Arabic, 13th to 14th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1906, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 79
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part I. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1927, p. 58

Production Note

Siculo-Arabic

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Carving; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Casket

Categories

Containers; Islam; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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