c. AD 50–200
Overall: 8 x 3.3 cm (3 1/8 x 1 5/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.105
This ivory carving was made In India as a facing for wooden furniture, which disintegrated, leaving only the ivory veneers. Most of the imagery is life-affirming and auspicious, as seen in the image of a young woman. 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.
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