About this object

A thin panel of bone incised with the figure of a winged boy running to the right. His head, shown partially turned to the front, has large eyes and his neat fringe of hair is very much in the style of Constantine and especially his sons. He wears a cloak that billows out behind him, a long-sleeved tunic and knee-length leggings. In his hands he holds a hare. A gable frames his head and shoulders. The subject is close to that of the hare-holding youth representing the month of October in the Roman calendar produced by Furius Dionysius Filocalus in the year of the consulate of Constantius II and his Caesar, Gallus, 354. The hare either represents an enemy of the vineyards or is a symbol of fecundity, thus of a fruitful harvest. Probably once attached to the side a wooden casket.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    4th Century AD (perhaps 330 AD)
  • Materials
    Bone Animal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    173 mm x 114 mm
  • Related people
    Gabor Fejérváry (Collector, previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner); Ferenc Pulszky (Previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of the Fejérváry Ivories, in the Museum of Joseph Mayer, Esq., F.S.A.

    Pulszky, F.

    Author: Pulszky, F.
    Date: 1856

  • Constantine the Great. York's Roman Emperor

    Publisher: York Museums Trust
    Date: 2006

  • Liverpool Ivories: Special Exhibition

    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.

  • The Liverpool Ivories: Late Antique and Medieval Ivory and Bone Carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

    Gibson, Margaret

    Author: Gibson, Margaret
    Publisher: HMSO; National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1994
    Description: Catalogue of ivory and bone carvings from late antique and medieval held in collections of Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.


  • 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.

  • Constantine - Emperor on the move...

    Start date: 2006-03-31
    End date: 2006-03-31
    Description: A seven month exhibition held at Yorkshire Museum, York.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ferenc Pulszky

    Owned from: 1851-02
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1855
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gabor Fejérváry

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1851-02
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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