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Name of Object:

Morgan Casket


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 4th–6th century / AD 11th–12th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ivory; carved

Period / Dynasty:



Southern Italy


One of the most accomplished examples of carved ivory known from Norman Italy, the so-called "Morgan casket" is also one of the clearest expressions of the international artistic milieu in which it was created. Pairs of men in turbans and tunics stand guard at the corners of the casket, recalling in style and programmatic use similar figures on the ceiling of the Cappella Palatina at Palermo. Medallions on the side panels are filled with fantastic beasts and birds, which are hunted by men with spears.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Citation of this web page:

 "Morgan Casket" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;9;en

MWNF Working Number: US3 09


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