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Casket with Warriors and Mythological Figures

Date:
10th–11th century
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Bone plaques and ornamental strips over wood; silver lock plate
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 5/8 x 17 1/4 x 7 1/8in. (11.7 x 43.8 x 18.1cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.237
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Bone caskets, used by the Byzantines in their homes, were often decorated with themes from classical antiquity. In the Middle Ages many such caskets reached western Europe, where despite their non-Christian decoration they were used in churches as containers for relics.
George Brauer, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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