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Container for Holy Oils

Date:
500–700
Geography:
Made in Northeastern France
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Bone, polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/2 x 4 7/16 x 1 3/4 in. (8.9 x 11.3 x 4.5 cm)
Classification:
Ivories-Bone
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.68.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This portable container for holy oils is decorated with incised circular patterns, some of which may have a cosmological meaning. Used for both baptisms and confirmations, the container could also be suspended from a chain or strap worn around the neck.
Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (until 1965)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patterns of Collecting," December 6, 1975–March 23, 1976.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 153.

St. Clair, Archer, and Elizabeth Parker McLachlan, ed. The Carver's Art: Medieval Sculpture in Ivory, Bone, and Horn. New Brunswick, N.J.: Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 1989. no. 17, pp. 52–53.

Galan y Galindo, Angel. Marfiles Medievales del Islam: Volume 2, Catálogo de Piezas. Cordoba: Publicaciones Obra Social Y Cultural Cajasur, 2005. no. 06003, pp. 107, 506.

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