BYZANTINE BONE AND IVORY

 

 

1088   BYZANTINE BONE PLAQUE
           IX-X century A.D.
Trapezoid plaque was used as an inlay for a box. Carved in relief depicting a stylized bird in right profile. Mended from two pieces.
L. 1.6" (4.1 cm), H. 1.1" (2.8cm). 
For close example, see: Davidson G.R. Corinth, vol XII, The Minor Objects. Princeton, 1952, p.135, #948; Goldschmidt and Weitzmann. Byzantinische Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.-XIII. Jahrhunders, I, no.109, pl. LXIV.
$ 475

 

 

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1089   BYZANTINE STEATITE PLAQUE
           X-XI century A.D.
Rectangular fragmentary plaque. Carved with palmettes enclosed in double concentric circles which are interspaced with leaves against a background of cross-hatched lines. This pattern was the most commonly used on caskets of the Byzantine period.  
L. 2.4" (6 cm), H. 1.2" (3.1cm). 
For close example, see: Davidson G.R. Corinth, vol XII, The Minor Objects. Princeton, 1952, p.135, #949; Goldschmidt and Weitzmann. Byzantinische Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.-XIII. Jahrhunders, I, pls. III ff; Longhurst. Carving in Ivory, Victoria and Albert Museum, I, pp. 35-37, pls. XII-XIV. 
$ 350

 

 

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1136   BONE DETAIL OF A COMPOSITE BOW
           second half of VII century A.D.
           Eastern European nomads of mid-Avarian period 
Carved from a single bone. Trapezoidal cross-section and flat back. Face side with two planes. Internal plane with ornamentation of incised cross-hatched lines and a carved out trapezoidal notch at the broad end. Opposite end abraded, otherwise intact.
L. curvature 9.8" (25 cm).
See: Müller R., Vorbericht über die Freilegung des Grabes eines hohen Militärs aus der Mittelawarenzeit in Gyenesdias. CommArchHung, 1989, abb. 8-9; Pryhodnyuk O.M. Stepove naselennya Ukraini ta shidni slov'yani. Kiiv, 2001, p. 173, fig.30.
SOLD

 

 

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1104
Byzantine bone knife handle

IX-XI century A.D.
Fragment missing
L. 2.9" (7.4 cm).
$ 75

 

 

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1126
Bone knife handle

IX-XI century A.D.
Fragment missing
L. 4.2" (10.6 cm).
$ 150

 

 

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1105
Byzantine bone knife handle

IX-XI century A.D.
Fragment missing
L. 2.6" (6.7 cm).
$ 55

 

 

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1090      
Byzantine ivory comb

XI century A.D.
Teeth missing
L. 3.4" (8.8 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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1114
Ivory handle

X-XI century A.D.
Fragmentary
L. 4.6" (11.7 cm).
$ 75

 

 

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1109
Engraved bone handle

VIII-XI century A.D.
Fragmentary
L. 4.4" (11.2 cm).
$ 300

 

 

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1112
Antler handle

VII-VIII century A.D.
Mended
L. 4.8" (12.1 cm).
$ 75

 

 

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1110
Bone handle

IX-XI century A.D.
Fragment missing
L. 4.6" (11.7 cm).
$ 75

 

 

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1123
Iron tool with bone handle
IX-XI centuries A. D.
Intact. 
L. 3.5" (8.8 cm).
$ 125

 

 

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1118
Bone spoon
IX-XI century A.D.
Intact.
L. 4.8" (12.3 cm).
$ 275

 

 

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1128
5 bone plaque fragments
IX-XI centuries A. D.
Fragmentary. 
L. 1.4" (3.6 cm) for longest.
$ 45

 

 

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1097
Bone plaque
VII century A.D.
Fragmentary.
L. 2.8" (7.2 cm).
$ 45

 

 

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1135
Bone plaque with bronze nail
X-XI century A.D.
Fragmentary.
L. 1.4" (3.6 cm).
$ 65

 

 

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1127
Bone moulding

IX-XI century A.D.
Mended
L. 4.1" (10.4 cm).
$ 75

 

 

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1134
7 bone fragments
I-IX centuries A. D.
Fragmentary. 
L. up to 2.1" (5.4 cm).
SOLD

 

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1124
Bone pendant

IX-XI century A.D.
Intact
L. 3" (7.7 cm).
$ 100

 

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1129
9 Roman and Byzantine 
fragmentary bone pins   
I-X centuries A. D.
L. up to2.4" (6 cm).
$ 35

 

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1107
Bone stylus
IV-V century A.D.

Point missing
L. 4.1" (10.3 cm).
$ 300

 

 

Byzantine period buttons of ivory, bone or steatite exhibit a variety of decoration and were turned on the lathe. A study of the shapes has revealed no development within the three centuries (X-XII).  Some of the bone buttons were dyed red or pink shades. For buttons see:  Davidson G.R. Corinth, vol XII, The Minor Objects. Princeton, 1952, p.297-304;

 

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1079
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 29 mm, H. 22 mm
$ 75


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1028
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 40 mm, H. 15 mm
$ 55


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1058
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 27 mm, H. 6 mm
$ 175


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1029
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 17 mm, H. 6 mm
$ 35


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1027
Ivory button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 20 mm, H. 6 mm
$ 35


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1026
Bone button, dyed
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 22 mm, H. 5 mm
$ 75


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1037
Ivory button, dyed
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 21 mm, H. 6 mm
$ 250


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1031
Bone button, dyed
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 19 mm, H. 7 mm
$ 150


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1032
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 23 mm, H. 8 mm
$ 25


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1030
Ivory button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 19 mm, H. 8 mm
$ 25


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1033
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 18 mm, H. 4 mm
$ 25


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1035
Ivory button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 14 mm, H. 5 mm
SOLD


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1034
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 17 mm, H. 18 mm
$ 25


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1036
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 27 mm, H. 5 mm
$ 50


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1038
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 32 mm, H. 12 mm
$ 125


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1077
Ivory button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 18 mm, H. 7 mm
$ 75

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1076
Bone button
IX-XI century A.D.
D. 19 mm, H. 6 mm
$ 50

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