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The David Collection
Hegira c. 355–358 / AD c. 966–968
Carved ivory with gilt-bronze fittings
Umayyad of al-Andalus, Caliphate period
The ivory casket belongs to a little group of masterfully carved ivory objects, made for the Spanish Umayyad court. The casket is the largest in the group, carved from a single tusk. It is also one of the most monumental.
There was once an Arabic inscription around the lid, undoubtedly removed when the casket - like so many of its kind - found a new place in a Christian context in the Middle Ages.
"Casket" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;7;en
MWNF Working Number: DN 07