About this object

Ivory plaque, carved in relief, depicting a running Gorgon with large tusks, huge eyes and a wrinkled nose. The head and the torso are preserved. The plaque may have been an accessoire from a furniture or a chest veneer. The original would undoubtedly have shown the Gorgon wearing a short tunic, in Knielauf-pose. Joseph Mayer acquired the item from the Revd. Henry Stobart, described as an "ivory gorget" collected in Egypt 1855 (no. 6 on list dated 30 September 1857).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
    Greek
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
  • Date made
    6th Century BC
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Henry Rev Stobart
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1855
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); Henry Stobart ( Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Liverpool Ivories: Special Exhibition

    Author:
    Publisher: The Trustees of the British Museum
    Date: 1954
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibiton of ivory carvings lent by the City of Liverpool Public Museums, mostly from the Mayer-Fejervary collection.

Events

  • Liverpool Ivories

    Start date: 1954-09-18
    End date: 1954-09-18
    Description: A temporary exhibition of 56 ivory carvings lent by the City of Liverpool Public Museums (now National Museums Liverpool) to the British Museum, London. The exhibition was organised by the department of Archaeology, Liverpool Museum (Elaine Tankard) and the department of British and Medieval Antiquities of the British Museum (P. Lasko). Some British Museum ivories which offer particularly close parallels with the Liverpool pieces were placed beside one another. The exhibition was held in the King Edward VII Gallery between 18 September 1954 and 3 September 1955 (extended from 5 March 1955) and an illustrated catalogue was published which cost 1s. 6d.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Stobart

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1857
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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