panel / casket
One of two sides of a casket (in two pieces); bone plaques, originally backed with wood; a dancing scene; divided into two compartments by a rectangular object; to the left a man dances with a mantle or scarf, another poised in the air blows a horn, below him a third holds an object towards two dancers, one with two wreaths the other with a tambourine; on the right there are five figures; a man dances with mantle or scarf, in the middle two figures, one poised in the air holds a loop or skipping-rope, in which a figure is dancing with a garland and scarf; a fifth figure blows a horn and holds a garland. With three (now separate) border panels and an additional two pieces of panelling.
- Length: 291.5 millimetres
- Width: 43.23 millimetres (left)
- Width: 41.06 millimetres (middle)
- Width: 42.65 millimetres (right)
- Depth: 3.46 millimetres
- Weight: 37 grammes
Part of 1885,0804.1. Wood backing removed at an uncertain date.Parallels: A. Drandaki et al., Heaven & Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections (Athens 2013) cat. 124; T. Yashaeva et al., The Legacy of Byzantine Cherson (Sevastopol & Austin 2011) cat. 355.
Not on display
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Object reference number: MCB2644
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