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:
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.