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Casket

  • Place of origin:

    Constantinople (made)

  • Date:

    11th century to 12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory and bone plaques with bone strips on a wood core

  • Museum number:

    A.8-1937

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 8

This ivory casket is carved with panels depicting mounted and kneeling warriors, huntsmen, centaurs, sphinxes and Eve, parts of the borders are carved with rosettes and rinceaux. Other parts of the casket such as the bands containing an imperial bust and pairs of lovers are Italian work dating from the nineteenth century.
It is Byzantine (Constantiople), from the 11th or 12th century in a 19th century ensemble.

Physical description

Ivory and bone casket. The central panels carved with mounted and kneeling warriors, huntsmen, centaurs, sphinxes, and Eve; parts of the borders carved with rosettes and rinceaux.

Place of Origin

Constantinople (made)

Date

11th century to 12th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory and bone plaques with bone strips on a wood core

Dimensions

Height: 19.3 cm, Length: 26 cm at base, Length: 21.6 cm at top of lid, Width: 19.5 cm at base, Width: 14 cm at top of lid

Object history note

Purchased from Mr T. Cottrell-Dormer, in whose family collection it has been 'for over a hundred years'

Descriptive line

Casket, ivory and bone, Byzantine (Constantinople), 11th or 12th century in a 19th century ensemble

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

Beckwith, J. 'Problemes posés par certaines sculptures sur ivoire du haut mayen âge' Les monuments historiques de la France 1-2, 1966, p.17ff
Williamson, Paul. Medieval Ivory Carvings. Early Christian to Romanesque. London, V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010, pp. 94-99, cat.no. 19

Production Note

Byzantine, 11th or 12th century in a 19th century ensemble

Materials

Ivory; Bone; Wood

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Bear; Ornament; Trophies; Hare; Shields; Sirens; Boar; Hunters; Busts; Grapes; Centaurs; Archer; Warriors; Sword

Categories

Sculpture; Household objects; Containers

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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