Relief with Achilles on Skyros

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
4th–5th century A.D.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: H.: 19cm W.: 10.7 cm

Accession Number

1976.125

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Relief based on story of Achilles receiving his armor on the island of Skyros. Deidameia kneels in front, holding a sheathed sword in both hands with a shield behind her. At left, a woman with her left hand to her head, King Lykomedes in the center, and a youth at the right. In the background, four columns of the front of a building. Broken and reglued. Traces of red paint.

Provenance

By date unknown: Kofler Collection (according to a letter from Herbert Cahn); by 1972: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G, Malzgasse 25, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland (Sonderliste O, December 1972, no. 76: from Egypt and later from the Maurice Nahman Collection [sold in Paris, June 1953, 276]); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., April 14, 1976

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund