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Casket

Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    1200-1300 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Museum number:

    321-1864

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 2E

Physical description

Casket. Ivory plaques fitted together, with copper-gilt mounts.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

1200-1300 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Length: 7.7 cm, Width: 16.2 cm, Height: 11.7 cm

Object history note

Bought by J. C. Robinson in Granada, the capital of the Nasrid dynasty, that superseded the Almohads in 1238. Possibly produced in the early period of Nasrid rule, showing the continued influence of Almohad art. (M. Rosser-Owen, 2010)

Descriptive line

Casket; Ivory with copper-gilt mounts; Spain, 1200-1300

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

M. Rosser-Owen. Islamic Arts from Spain (London: V&A Publishing, 2010), p.44.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Ivory Casket with Gilded Mounts
Spain, probably Granada
1200-1300

Caskets continued to be made in ivory after the end of the Umayyad caliphate. Different techniques were used for their construction and decoration. This example is formed from thick sheets of ivory rather than a solid block. Elaborate gilded mounts strengthen it externally and provide the only decoration.

Ivory plaques, with gilded copper mounts

Museum no. 321-1864
[2010]

Production Note

Southern Spain

Materials

Ivory; Copper-gilt

Techniques

Gilding

Collection

Middle East Section

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