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Container for Holy Oils

Date:
500–700
Geography:
Made in Northeastern France
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Bone, polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/2 x 4 7/16 x 1 3/4 in. (8.9 x 11.3 x 4.5 cm)
Classification:
Ivories-Bone
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.68.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This portable container for holy oils is decorated with incised circular patterns, some of which may have a cosmological meaning. Used for both baptisms and confirmations, the container could also be suspended from a chain or strap worn around the neck.
Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (until 1965)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 153.

St. Clair, Archer, and Elizabeth Parker McLachlan, ed. The Carver's Art: Medieval Sculpture in Ivory, Bone, and Horn. New Brunswick, N.J.: Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 1989. no. 17, pp. 52–53.



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