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furniture-fitting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,1229.24

  • Description

    Furniture ornament; silver with gilding; hollowed, one-piece casting; rectangular socket: square in section; framed with rectilinear moulding; pin and safety chain with two aligned holes; terminating in a seated female figure representing the Tyche of Alexandria: plastically rendered, detailed with decorative engraving, stippling and gilded drapery; figure wears tunic, mantle, boots, wreath of flowers, branches and ribbons and octagonal mural crown with turrets, walls and gates and holds fruits and sheaves of grain and rests a foot on a ship's prow; below the figure: hinged, pierced, stippled and punched leaf with rounded knob finial. One of a set with 1866,1229.21, 22 and 23.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 330-370 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 188 millimetres
    • Width: 53 millimetres
    • Depth: 107 millimetres
    • Weight: 721 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Published: K. Weitzmann (ed.), Age of Spirituality (exh. cat.), New York, 1978, no 155; Exh. cat., Spätantike und frühes Christentum (Liebieghaus Museum alter Plastik), Frankfurt, 1983, no 84; Exh. cat. Milano capitale dell'impero Romano 286-402 d.c. Milano Palazzo Reale 22. gennaio-22. aprile 1990, Milan, 1990, no 5b.2e, pp. 349-50. For metallurgical analysis see: M.J. Hughes and J.A. Hall, "X-ray Fluorescence Analysis of Late Roman and Sassanian Silver", Journal of Archaeological Science 6 (1979), p. 327. In set with 1866,1229.23 In set with 1866,1229.21 In set with 1866,1229.22Published:
    Ein Gott 215, no. 37, p. 50.

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  • Bibliography

    • Weitzmann 1979 155 bibliographic details
    • Shelton 1981 31 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 335 bibliographic details
    • Marzinzik 2013 4 bibliographic details
    • Fluck et al. 2015 p.48 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc7

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2015, Oct 29 – 2016, Feb 7. British Museum, Room 35. Egypt: Faith after the Pharoahs
    2015 1 April - 15 Sept. Berlin, Bode Museum, 'EIN GOTT - Abrahams Erben am Nil' 2012-2013 11 Nov-25 Aug, USA, Art Institute of Chicago, Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum 2008-2009 25 Oct-22 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Byzantium 330-1453 AD 2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2001 6 Sep-30 Dec, USA, Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, Antioch – The Lost Roman City 2001 18 Mar-3 Jun, USA, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Antioch – The Lost Roman City 2000 7 Oct-2001 4 Feb, USA, Worcester, Worcester Art Museum, Antioch – The Lost Roman City 1990 24 Jan-22 Apr, Italy, Milan, Royal Palace of Milan, Milano Capitale dell’ Impero 1983-1984 15 Dec-11 Mar, Germany, Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Late Antiquity and Early Christianity 1977-1978 18 Nov-12 Feb, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Early Christian Art

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated: 1793. The collection changed hands numerous times, before BM acquisition date; the first time in 1800.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1866,1229.24


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