Casket with Warriors and Mythological Figures


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

Bone caskets, used by the Byzantines in their homes, were often decorated with themes from classical antiquity. In the Middle Ages many such caskets reached western Europe, where despite their non-Christian decoration they were used in churches as containers for relics.

Casket with Warriors and Mythological Figures, Bone plaques and ornamental strips over wood; silver lock plate, Byzantine

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