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Box

Date:
probably 13th century
Geography:
Italy, Sicily
Culture:
Norman Italy
Medium:
Ivory, painted; silver mounts
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Diam. 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm) Lid: H. 13/16 in. (2.1 cm) Diam. 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm) Bottom: H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) Diam. 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)
Classification:
Ivories and Bone
Credit Line:
Gift of C. and E. Canessa, 1912
Accession Number:
12.1a, b
Not on view
A dragon, a centaur playing a horn, a lion, and a dog enliven the surface of this tiny box.
C. & E. Canessa, New York, Paris, and Naples (until 1912; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 103.

Cott, Perry Blythe. "Siculo-Arabic Ivories." Princeton, 1939. ill. fig. 113, pls. 49, 50.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 129.



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