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Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 2E
Casket. Ivory plaques fitted together, with copper-gilt mounts.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
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Bought by J. C. Robinson in Granada, the capital of the Nasrid dynasty, that superseded the Almohads in 1238.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)
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
Ivory Casket with Gilded Mounts
Spain, probably Granada
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
Middle East Section