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Plaque Decorated with Vine Scroll and a Bird

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Carvings on ivory or bone were often used in the eastern Mediterranean as attachments for furniture and other objects. These plaques, which vary in style, reflect the continuation of Byzantine vine patterns into the early Islamic era. Most are carved on a vertical axis and are at times inhabited by animals. On this plaque, a small bird inhabits the tree at lower left.

Plaque Decorated with Vine Scroll and a Bird, Carved ivory

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