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Casket with Images of Cupids


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Description This finely carved ivory casket is decorated with curly-haired "erotes" (cupids) in the guise of warriors, dancers, and musicians. The lid shows two in equestrian combat while the trapezoidal panel in front shows a group of four "erotes" and a centaur dancing and playing musical instruments. The rectangular plaque on the casket's front features an "eros" playing a harp on a stand, a chariot drawn by panthers, and two other "erotes" playing musical instruments.
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. 2014.
Provenance Bought in Italy; Edward Joseph, London, ca. 1888, by purchase; Sale, Christie's, London, May 6, 1890, no. 1003 and February 1894, no. 357; Isaac Falcke, London, 1894, by purchase; Sale, Christie's, London, April 19, 1910, no. 166; Jacques Seligmann, Paris, 1910, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910

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10th century (Medieval)
Medium
bone and ivory on wood
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.298
Measurements
H: 4 15/16 x W: 7 5/16 x D: 5 5/16 in. (12.6 x 18.5 x 13.5 cm)
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