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Name of Object:



Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira c. 355–358 / AD c. 966–968

Type of object:

Casket, ivory

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 5/2002

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Carved ivory with gilt-bronze fittings

Period / Dynasty:

Umayyad of al-Andalus, Caliphate period


Spain, Cordoba


The ivory casket belongs to a little group of masterfully carved ivory objects, made for the Spanish Umayyad court. The casket is the largest in the group, carved from a single tusk. It is also one of the most monumental.

There was once an Arabic inscription around the lid, undoubtedly removed when the casket - like so many of its kind - found a new place in a Christian context in the Middle Ages.

Citation of this web page:

 "Casket" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;7;en&id=ivory

MWNF Working Number: DN 07

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