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panel / casket

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  • Description

    Panel from a casket; ivory; two scenes from the history of Joseph; Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh, and the death of Jacob; on the left the Patriarch, with long hair and a beard, is seated with arms crossed and hands resting upon the heads of two boys; in the background stand four of his sons; in the scene on the right, the corpse of the Patriarch lies on a high table or bier; at the head stands Joseph, and behind the bier four of Joseph's brothers (their head-dresses appear oriental in character); only a small part of the border remains and seems to have been a pierced acanthus pattern.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 10thC-11thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 175 millimetres
    • Width: 90 millimetres
    • Depth: 6 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published: O.M. Dalton, Catalogue of the Early Christian the British Museum, London, 1901, no. 300; O.M. Dalton, Catalogue of the Ivory Carvings of the Christian Era...of the British Museum, London, 1909, no. 19; A. Goldschmidt and K. Weitzmann, Die Byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.-XIII. Jahrhunderts, Vol. 1, Kasten, Berlin, 1930, no.96, pl. LVI. Compare with 1885,0804.3


  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1909 20 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 302a bibliographic details
    • Goldschmidt & Weitzmann 1930 96 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2015 15 Sep-10 Jan, USA, Norfolk, Chrysler Museum of Art, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian icons 1200 to 1900.
    2015 30 Apr- 22 Aug, USA, Clinton, Museum of Russian Icons, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian Icons 1200 to 1900.

  • Condition

    The border at each end is modern, and the whole panel has been backed on an ivory plate in recent times; parts of the relief are much worn.

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  • Acquisition notes

    This panel was let into the cover of a 13thC MS. of the romance of Parceval le Galois belonging to the Barrois Collection, bought by the Earl of Ashburnham, and sold at Sotheby's, June 1901 (lot 463); it forms part of the same series illustrating the story of Joseph, to which belong the two panels in the Royal Museum at Berlin.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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