H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
W. 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Max. Th. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
Ivories and Bone
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Ivory was so highly valued in Byzantium that emperors received it in tribute. Here, a fragment of a tusk, originally carved in the round, displays one of the most important Byzantine images, the Ascension of Christ into Heaven (Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11)
J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)
Early Christian Ivories vol. XXIV (1920). p. 116, notice of MMA Bulletin article.
Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2 ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 43.
Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 157, p. 50, pl. XXI.
Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 45A, p. 74, ill. (color).