Plaque from a Casket with a Dancing Woman, Bone with red polychromy, Coptic

Plaque from a Casket with a Dancing Woman

4th–5th century
Made in Byzantine Egypt
Bone with red polychromy
Overall: 4 1/8 x 2 1/16 x 3/16 in. (10.5 x 5.3 x 0.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1978
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Bone plaques were used to decorate couches, chests, and other furniture. Some were carved in relief; others were carved in intaglio with the incised designs often filled with colored wax. Both styles could be used on the same object. The designs frequently represent Dionysiac themes.
Baron Wladimir de Grüneisen, Florence (sold 1929); Sotheby's, London (British)(July 2, 1929, lot 88?); Belham(from 1929); [ Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York (sold 1978)]
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 33, pp. 28–29.

Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 28.