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Plaque with Allegorical Relief
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Plaque with Allegorical Relief

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Description Carved from the widest part of a hippopotamus tooth, this panel was originally attached to a box or a piece of furniture. The figures have not been identified fully but may represent a river goddess in the center with, to the left, a male personification of a spring pouring water from his inverted vase. To the right, Helios, the sun god, drives his horse-drawn chariot and salutes another female deity.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Jack Pierpont Morgan, New York, by purchase; Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 22, 1944, no. 76; Joseph Brummer, New York, 1944, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1944, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1944

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5th-6th century (Late Antique)
hippopotamus ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
4 1/16 x 9 1/16 in. (10.3 x 23 x 0.1 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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