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Bone Carving, Possibly of a Dionysiac Revel

Date:
300–500
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in. (9.8 x 6 x 2 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.74
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Bone plaques were used to decorate couches, chests, and other furniture. Some were carved in relief; others were carved in intaglio with the incised designs often filled with colored wax. Both styles could be used on the same object. The designs frequently represent Dionysiac themes.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Thomas, Thelma K., ed. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2016. no. 4, pp. 35, 37, 144, fig. 1-1.20.



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