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Casket with Painted Roundels

Object Name:
Casket
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Geography:
Italy, Sicily
Culture:
Norman Italy
Medium:
Ivory, painted; gilded copper alloy mounts with glass inlay
Dimensions:
L. 6.75 in. (17.1 cm long) D: 3.94 in. (10 cm D.)
Classification:
Ivories and Bone
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.90
  • Description

    The motifs featured on this casket—peacocks, gazelles, lions, small birds with branches in their beaks, and arabesque patterns—occur frequently in a variety of media in the south Mediterranean around this time. However, here the roundels enclosing these motifs are not interlaced as they usually are. Painted ivories such as this one are thought to have been mass-produced rather than made by special commission. The metal mounting with glass inserts was added at a later period.

  • Provenance

    Alastair Bradley Martin, Katonah, NY (by 1950–73; gifted to MMA)

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