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Casket leg

Casket leg

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    4th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Egypt Exploration Fund

  • Museum number:

    1237-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This leg of a casket is from Bahnasa, middle Egypt from the 4th century, found at Bêhnesa (Oxyrhynchus) during the excavations of 1903-04.

It is in the form of a forepart of a lion surmounting a lion's foot. It is possible that these objects served for small articles of furniture other than caskets, though this seems to be their most obvious purpose.

Physical description

In the form of a forepart of a lion surmounting a lion's foot.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)

Date

4th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm

Object history note

Found at Bêhnesa (Oxyrhynchus) during the excavations of 1903-04.

Historical context note

It is possible that these objects served for small articles of furniture other than caskets, though this seems to be their most obvious purpose.

Descriptive line

Leg of casket, ivory, Egyptian, 4th century

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

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1904, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1908, p. 214
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part I. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1927, p. 17

Production Note

excavated at Bêhnesa (Oxyrrhynchus) during the excavations 1903-1904

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

Lion

Categories

Sculpture; Archaeology; Africa

Collection code

SCP

Qr_O178810
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