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Ivory statuette of a reclining woman

Late Imperial
3rd–4th century A.D.
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. (3.8 x 7.3 x 2.9 cm)
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Ivory carving has a long history in the ancient world. The material, although regarded as a rare luxury, was used for practical objects such as handles, pins, and boxes, as well as for works of art. In late Roman times, pagan or secular subjects gradually gave way to Christian images, and ivory became a prestige medium in Byzantine art.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 476, pp. 405, 499, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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