About this object

Panel of a diptych; the other leaf is now lost. Three men of senatorial rank, all wearing togas, sit on a balcony watching a stag-fight in the arena below. The depiction of a staged hunt gives the panel its conventional name of 'Venatio' (Latin = hunt).

A diptych consists of two leaves, hinged together. The inner sides are sunken panels, originally containing wax; the outer sides are elaborately carved. The wax would have been inscribed with a formal letter of notification or invitation.

The Venatio panel is first attested in the collection of P.G.de Roujoux at Macon in 1804. It then passed to Vivant Denon in Paris and then via Bruno Denon to Gabor Fejérváry. Fejérváry (1781-1851) was born in the modern-day Slovak Republic. In 1851 Fejérváry's collection was bequeathed to his nephew, Ferenc Pulszky, who sold the collection to Joseph Mayer in 1855.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    Late Antique
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    5th Century AD early
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory Elephant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1804 before
  • Measurements
    292 mm x 118 mm x 10 mm; 11 1/2 in x 4 5/8 in x 3/8 in
  • Note
    G. Egger (ed.), 1964, Fruehchristliche und Koptische Kunst (Vienna), pages 81 and 84
  • Related people
    Vivant-Jean Brunet-Denon (Previous owner); Gabor Fejérváry (Previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner); Ferenc Pulszky (Previous owner); Prudence Guillaume de Roujoux (Previous owner); Dominique Vivant (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • 387 d.c. Ambrogio e Agostino. Le Sorgenti dell'Europa

    Pasini, Paolo

    Author: Pasini, Paolo
    Publisher: Olivares
    Date: 2003
    Description: Catalogue to accompany an exhibition of the same name held at the Museo Diocesano, Milano, from 8 December 2003 to 2 May 2004, preceded by a series of essays. The exhibition featured objects from the time of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, and St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.

  • A superb collection of ivories, homeless since the raids of 1941, now exhibited in London

    Author:
    Publisher: The Illustrated London News
    Date: 1954-09-25
    Description: A review of the exhibition of ivory and bone objects from the Joseph Mayer collection, on exhibition for six months from 18th September 1954 at the British Museum, London.

  • Ancient Art. The Challenge to Modern Thought

    Laing, Lloyd; Laing, Jennifer

    Author: Laing, Lloyd; Laing, Jennifer
    Publisher: Irish Academic Press
    Date: 1993
    Description:

  • Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on

    Hunt, Tristram; Whitfield, Victoria

    Author: Hunt, Tristram; Whitfield, Victoria
    Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers; Manchester Art Gallery
    Date: 2007
    Description: Published on the occasion of the exhibiiton 'Art Treasures In Manchester: 150 years on', held at Manchester Art Gallery from 6 October 2007 to 27 January 2008.

  • Byzantium 330-1453

    Author:
    Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
    Date: 2008
    Description:

  • Byzantium. Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture

    Author:
    Publisher: British Museum Press
    Date: 1994
    Description: Accompanied an exhibition of the same name held at the British Museum.

  • Byzanz: Pracht und Alltag

    Author:
    Publisher: Hirmer
    Date: 2010
    Description:

  • Civilisation Byzantine

    Author:
    Publisher: L'Institut pédagogique national
    Date: 1966-03-01
    Description:

  • Dominique-Vivant Denon. L'oeil de Napoléon

    Dupuy-Vachey, Marie-Anne

    Author: Dupuy-Vachey, Marie-Anne
    Publisher: Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux
    Date: 1999
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibition held at the musée du Louvre in Paris from 20th October 1999 to 17th January 2000. The exhibition explored the wide collection of Dominique-Vivant Denon and his life as a private invidiaul and in the service of Napoléon Bonaparte. Denon was the first director of the musée du Louvre and is sometimes described as the 'father' of today's museums.

  • Exhibition of Greek Art

    Author:
    Publisher: Libraries, Museums and Arts Committee of the Corporation of Liverpool
    Date: 1934
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibition of Greek art held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liveropool, February 12th - March 10th 1934

  • Gallien in der Spätantike. Von Kaiser Constantin zu Frankenkönig Childerich

    Author:
    Publisher: Philipp von Zabern
    Date: 1980
    Description: Catalogue to accompany the exhibition 'Gallien in der Spätantike. Von Kaiser Constantin zu Frankenkönig Childerich', held in Mainz and Paris in 1980-1981.

  • Ivories

    Maskell, Alfred

    Author: Maskell, Alfred
    Publisher: Charles E Tuttle Co
    Date: 1966
    Description: A reprint of Alfred Maskell's 'Ivories', originally published in 1915

  • 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.

  • Otto der Grosse und das Roemische Reich. Kaisertum von der Antike zum Mittelalter

    Author:
    Publisher: Schnell und Steiner; Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg
    Date: 2012
    Description: Catalogue to accompany the exhibition 'Otto der Grosse und das Roemische Reich. Kaisertum von der Antike zum Mittelalter', held in the Kulturhistorischen Museum Magdeburg from 27.8.2012 to 9.12.2012. The exhibition commemorated 1100 years since the birth of Otto der Grosse (Otto the Great).

  • Roman Amphitheatres in England and Wales

    Wilding, R

    Author: Wilding, R
    Publisher: 4 Corners Publishing
    Date: 2005
    Description:

  • The Andrews Diptych

    Beckwith, J

    Author: Beckwith, J
    Publisher: HMSO
    Date: 1958-05-20
    Description:

  • The Andrews Diptych and Some Related Ivories

    Rosenbaum, Elizabeth

    Author: Rosenbaum, Elizabeth
    Publisher: The College Art Association of America
    Date: 1954
    Description:

  • The Consular Image: An Iconological Study of the Consular Diptychs

    Olovsdottir, C

    Author: Olovsdottir, C
    Publisher: John and Erica Hedges Ltd
    Date: 2005
    Description:

  • 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.

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.

  • Byzantium 330-1453

    Start date: 2008-10-25
    End date: 2008-10-25
    Description: A temporary exhibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens, which covered a survey of Byzantine art between the city's foundation in AD 330 to its fall in 1453. The exhibition incorporated over 300 objects, and was held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 25th October 2008 until 22nd March 2009. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue raisonné and series of essays on various themes.

  • Byzantium. Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture from British Collections

    Start date: 1994
    End date: 1994
    Description: A temporary exhibition which covered a survey of Byzantine art between the city's foundation in AD 330 to its fall in 1453. The exhibition incorporated over 250 objects, and was held at the British Museum in London in 1994. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue raisonné.

  • Byzanz. Pracht und Alltag

    Start date: 2010-02-26
    End date: 2010-02-26
    Description: Byzanz: Pracht und Alltag (translation - Byzantium: Splendour and Everyday Life) was a temporary exhibition which covered a survey of Byzantine art and material culture between the city's foundation in AD 330 to its fall in 1453. The exhibition incorporated over 600 objects, and was held at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, from 26th February until 13th June 2010. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue raisonné and series of essays on various themes.

  • Gallien in der Spätantike. Von Kaiser Constantin zu Frankenkönig Childerich

    Start date: 1980-10-29
    End date: 1980-10-29
    Description: An exhibition that toured two European venues, Mainz am Rhein and Paris. The exhibition was organised by the Direction des Musées de France, Paris, and the Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum, Mainz, and featured almost 400 objects from ancient Gaul. Exhibition dates: Kurfürstliches Schloss, Mainz am Rhein, 29 October 1980-4 January 1981; Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, February 1981 - April 1981.

  • Dominique-Vivant Denon. L'oeil de Napoléon

    Start date: 1999-10-20
    End date: 1999-10-20
    Description: This exhibition at the musée du Louvre in Paris was organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux and the musée du Louvre with the support of la fondation Electricité de France. The exhibition explored the wide collection of Dominique-Vivant Denon and his life as a private individual and in the service of Napoléon Bonaparte. Denon was the first director of the musée du Louvre and is sometimes described as the 'father' of today's museums.

  • 387 d.c. Ambrogio e Agostino. Le Sorgenti dell'Europa

    Start date: 2003-12-08
    End date: 2003-12-08
    Description: An exhibition held at the Museo Diocesano, Milano, from 8 December 2003 to 2 May 2004. The exhibition featured objects from the time of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, and St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, and was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue preceded by a series of essays.

  • Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on

    Start date: 2007-10-06
    End date: 2007-10-06
    Description: Held in 1857 in Manchester, art Treasures of the United Kingdom' featured over 16,000 exhibits of the most important historic and modern art ever displayed. 150 years on, Manchester Art Gallery celebrated this extraordinary achievement in an anniversary exhibition.

Ownership

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
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1855
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gabor Fejérváry

    Owned from: 1846
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1851
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Vivant-Jean Brunet-Denon

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1846
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Dominique Vivant

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1825-04-27
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Prudence Guillaume de Roujoux

    Owned from: 1804
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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