Bone Carving, Possibly of a Dionysiac Revel
- Made in Egypt
- Overall: 3 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in. (9.8 x 6 x 2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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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.
J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
Thomas, Thelma K., ed. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2016. no. 4, pp. 35, 37, 144, fig. 1-1.20.