Tusk Fragment with the Ascension

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302

Ivory was so highly valued in Byzantium that emperors received it in tribute. Here, a fragment of a tusk, originally carved in the round, displays one of the most important Byzantine images, the Ascension of Christ into Heaven (Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11).

Tusk Fragment with the Ascension, Ivory; carved

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