Overall: 43.8 cm (17 1/4 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1975.103.1
Location: not on view
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DescriptionThis ivory carving was made to sheath wooden furniture made in India for trade along the Silk Road, which stretched from Rome to China. Indian ivory-faced furnishings--along with lacquer boxes from China and painted glass from Rome--were found in an extraordinary deposit of luxury goods at a site called Begram. The wood on which the ivory and lacquer were affixed has long disintegrated, and only the small pieces remain.
Afghanistan, Begram, Kushan period