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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.1.111
Title
Needle Case with Incised Animals
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
400-500
Period
Roman Imperial period, Late, to Early Byzantine
Culture
Roman?
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/192082
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bone
Technique
Carved
Dimensions
11.8 x 2.3 cm (4 5/8 x 7/8 in.)
Provenance
[C. Dikran Kelekian, Ancient Arts, New York, 1983] sold: to The Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University (1983-2012), transfer; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
2012
Object Number
2012.1.111
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This fragmentary long bone, broken at the top and bottom, was used as a needle case. Two bands of identical incised scenes decorate the bone: a leopard and gazelle running to the right. Both are shown in profile; simple mounds depicting lumps of earth and sparse vegetation represent the ground line and landscape.
Subjects and Contexts

Roman Domestic Art

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