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
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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.