Casket, 12th century

  • Byzantine, Roman

Bone over wood core

  • Overall: 4 3/8 × 11 1/4 × 5 5/8 inches (11.1 × 28.6 × 14.3 cm)

City of Detroit Purchase


On View

  • European: Medieval C263


European Sculpture and Dec Arts

possibly Tadolini collection. Achillito Chiesa (Milan, Italy)

April 16, 1926, sold by (American Art Association, New York, New York, USA) "The collection of Sr. Achillito Chiesa of Milan, part III," no. 375

(F. Kleinberger, New York, New York, USA)

1926-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

The Collection of Achillito Chiesa Collection, Part III. XV-XVI Century Majolicas, Gothic Ivories; Early French and Italian Enamels, Renaissance Velvets, Brocades and Laces; Italian XV-XVI Century Furniture. Exh. cat., American Art Galleries. New York, 1926, no. 323 (ill.). Eastman, A. "A Byzantine Ivory Coffer of the IX Century." Bulletin of the DIA 8, no. 2 (November 1926): pp. 16-19. Eastman, A. "Byzantine Ivory Caskets in American Museums." Art in America 15, no. 4 (June 1927): p. 157ff. Goldschmidt, A. and K. Weitzmann. Die byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.-XIII. Jahrhunderts, vol. I, Kasten. Berlin, 1930, p. 46, cat. no. 62 a-e; pl. XLI (ill.). Lesley, P. Early Christian, Byzantine, and Romanesque Art. Exh. cat. Detroit, 1939, pp. 29-30; p. 29, fig. 7 (ill.); p. 61, note 25. Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Exh. cat., Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore, 1947, p. 43, no. 121; pl. XXII (ill.). Downey, G. "The Art of New Rome at Baltimore." Archaeology (Spring 1948): p. 29, fig. 9 (ill.). Masterpieces of Art in Memory of W. R. Valentiner. Exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, 1959, p. 24, no. 22 (ill.). Martini, L. and C. Rizzardi, eds. Avori bizantini e medievali nel Museo Nazionale di Ravenna. Ravenna, 1990, pp. 40-41; p. 40, fig. 15 (ill.); p. 75; p. 118, figs. 37a-37b (ill.). Cutler, A. The Hand of the Master: Craftsmanship, Ivory, and Society in Byzantium (Ninth to Eleventh Centuries). Princeton, 1994, p. 74, fig. 75 (ill.). Walker, A. "Cross-cultural Reception in the Absence of Texts: The Islamic Appropriation of a Middle Byzantine Rosette Casket." Gesta 47, no. 2 (2008): p. 103; p. 104, fig. 8 (ill.).

Byzantine, Roman, Casket, 12th century, bone over wood core. Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 26.126.