Mortar, Ivory, Syrian (?)


Syrian (?)
Overall: 2 13/16 x 4 3/16 x 3 3/8 in. (7.1 x 10.7 x 8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Probably intended for medicinal or cosmetic use, this mortar employs a decorative vocabulary that was inspired by eastern motifs and was probably transmitted to the West through textile designs.
Dmitri Schevitch, Paris (sold 1906); his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (April 4–7, 1906, no. 137); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
Molinier, Émile, ed. Catalogue des Objets d'Art et de Haute Curiosité de l'Antiquité du Moyen-Age et de la Renaissance: Collection de M. D. Schevitch. Paris: Galerie Georges Petit, April 4–6, 1906. no. 137.

Kunz, George F. Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1916. ill. opp. p. 36.

Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 105, p. 40.

Galan y Galindo, Angel. Marfiles Medievales del Islam: Volume 1, Texto. Cordoba: Publicaciones Obra Social Y Cultural Cajasur, 2005. pp. 197, 343.