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New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira late 4th–6th century / AD 11th–12th century
One of the most accomplished examples of carved ivory known from Norman Italy, the so-called "Morgan casket" is also one of the clearest expressions of the international artistic milieu in which it was created. Pairs of men in turbans and tunics stand guard at the corners of the casket, recalling in style and programmatic use similar figures on the ceiling of the Cappella Palatina at Palermo. Medallions on the side panels are filled with fantastic beasts and birds, which are hunted by men with spears.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
"Morgan Casket" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;9;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 09