About this object

Ivory panel fragment with bas-relief decoration standing clear of plain frame. Representation of Nereid with a horn in her hair, arrows carved on breasts, stomach and thigh, seated in the water. She holds a piece of fruit in her left hand; further such fruit is in a basket above at the left. Two other figures survive only in their legs: a horse and a man, with drapery. Reverse scored with close horizontal lines and long crosses (XXX). Damaged top right and bottom left and severely damaged centre left. The denouement of a scene composed of at least one further panel to the left.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Alexandria
  • Date made
    4th - 5th century AD
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's auction house, 4 March 1969.
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Alexandria
  • Date collected
    Before 1969
  • Measurements
    102 mm x 58 mm x 6 mm; 4 in x 2 5/16 in x 1/4 in
  • Related people
    Christie's London (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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    Publisher: Ernst Wasmuth
    Date: 1976

  • 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.


  • Christie's Auction House Sale 4 March 1969

    Start date: 1969-03-04
    End date: 1969-03-04
    Description: Christie's Auction House Sale 4 March 1969


Previous owners

  • Christie's London

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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