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Ivory furniture attachment

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Other: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.68
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.

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