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Plaque Decorated with Vine Scroll, Birds, and a Rabbit

Date:
8th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Carved ivory
Dimensions:
5 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (15 x 7 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (10411)
  • Description

    Carvings on ivory or bone were often used in the eastern Mediterranean as attachments for furniture and other objects. These plaques, which vary in style, reflect the continuation of Byzantine vine patterns into the early Islamic era. Most are carved on a vertical axis and are at times inhabited by animals. On this plaque, drill holes decorate the flowers, grape clusters, and birds, encouraging the play of light and shadow over the surface.

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