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  • Place of origin:

    Constantinople (made)

  • Date:

    early 11th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory and bone plaques on a wood core

  • Museum number:

    247:1, 2-1865

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a Byzantine casket made in the early 11th century. The casket is made in ivory and overlaid with bone plaques. The bone plaques depict warriors and combats and on the top of the lid is an ivory panel with a battle scene in higher relief.

Physical description

Casket, bone plaques carved with warriors and combats set in borders with rosettes. At the top of the lid is an oblong ivory panel with a battle scene of warriors on horse and foot in high relief.

Place of Origin

Constantinople (made)


early 11th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory and bone plaques on a wood core


Height: 16.5 cm, Length: 24.9 cm at base, Length: 19.5 cm at top of lid, Width: 16.4 cm at base, Width: 10.6 cm at top of lid

Object history note

This piece was given to the Museum by Robert Goff.
The casket was radically restored in 1960 (86%).

Descriptive line

Casket, wood overlaid with elephant ivory and bone, Byzantine (Constantinople), early 11th century

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

Beckwith, John. The Veroli Casket. London: HMSO, 1962. P.24, Fig. 29 a, b. (Museum Monographs No. 18)
Cutler, Anthony. Mistaken Antiquity: Through on Some Recent Commentary on the Rosetta Caskets. In: Sevcenko, Ihor and Hutter, Irmgard, eds. Aetos: Studies in Honour of Cyril Mango, Stuttgart, Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1998, pp. 46-54
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 31
Williamson, Paul. Medieval Ivory Carvings. Early Christian to Romanesque. London, V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010, pp. 88-93, cat. no. 18

Production Note

Byzantine Empire, probably early 11th century, with later restorations


Bone; Ivory; Wood



Subjects depicted

Sword; Warrior; Horses; Lances


Sculpture; Containers


Sculpture Collection

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