Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ivory furniture attachment

Early Imperial
early 1st century A.D.
Other: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
These reliefs once decorated a dining couch. They would have been attached to the two ends of the fulcrum (headrest), with the head of Cupid in a roundel at the lower end and the duck’s head, with a glass insert for the eye, forming the curving upper end.
Breck, Joseph. 1920. "Pre-Gothic Ivories in the Pierpont Morgan Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(1): p. 12.

Related Objects

Ivory furniture attachment

Date: early 1st century A.D. Medium: Ivory Accession: 17.190.70 On view in:Gallery 166

Couch and footstool with bone carvings and glass inlays

Date: 1st–2nd century A.D. Medium: Wood, bone, glass Accession: 17.190.2076 On view in:Gallery 168

Stucco relief fragment

Date: ca. A.D. 138–161 Medium: Stucco Accession: 09.221.37 On view in:Gallery 168

Porphyry support for a water basin

Date: 2nd century A.D. Medium: Porphyry Accession: 1992.11.70 On view in:Gallery 162

Marble pilaster with acanthus scrolls

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D. Medium: Marble Accession: 10.210.28a–c On view in:Gallery 162