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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantium, 11th-12th Centuy
Title: Casket with Scenes of Adam and Eve
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1200
Creation Date: c. 1000-1200
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Ivory
Materials and Techniques: ivory plaques over wood
Dimensions: Overall: 13.1cm x 46.7cm x 19.7cm
Inscriptions: Greek inscriptions are included in each plaque.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1924.747
Credit Line: Gift of W. G. Mather, F. F. Prentiss, John L. Severance, J. H. Wade
Provenance: Monsignor Béthune, Ghent; (Lucien Demotte, Paris).
Context: On the cover of this casket are the stories of the Creation of Man, the Creation of Woman, and Cain Killing Abel. The story of Adam and Eve is on the sides. Only about 50 complete ivory caskets from this period are preserved. They belong to a type characterized by borders of decorative rosettes. Only three have scenes from the life of Adam and Eve. The others are decorated with mythological scenes. These boxes were probably used to store small valuables, such as jewelry or coins, and may have been given as gifts.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1924.747
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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