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Collection Online as of June 17, 2024

Ladies Entertained by Dancers

Ladies Entertained by Dancers

1–200 CE
Overall: 7.5 x 17 cm (2 15/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

This 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.
  • ?–1974
    Frederick M. Mayer [1899–1974], New York, NY, by descent to his son, Robert J. Mayer
    1974–?
    Robert J. Mayer
    ?–1985
    (Spink & Son, Ltd., London, England, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1985–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Hackin, Joseph. Nouvelles recherches archéologiques à Begram, ancienne Kâpicî, 1939-1940; rencontre de trois civilisations, Inde, Grèce, Chine. Paris: Impr. nationale, 1954. Mentioned and Reproduced: fig. 147, no. 34a9, p. 181, and pls
    Czuma, Stanislaw J., and Rekha Morris. Kushan Sculpture: Images from Early India. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1985. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 47, p. 118
    Turner, Evan H. "The Year in Review for 1985." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 73, no. 2 (1986): 26-71. Mentioned: no. 197, pp. 35 and 70; Reproduced: no. 197, p. 39 www.jstor.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991. Reproduced: p. 15 archive.org
    Cunningham, Michael R., Stanislaw J. Czuma, Anne E. Wardwell, and J. Keith Wilson. Masterworks of Asian Art. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1998. Mentioned and Reproduced: pp. 122–123
    Guy, John. Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India. Exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2023. Reproduced: p. 180, cat. 82
  • Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 245). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (December 18, 2013-May 12, 2014).
    Kushan Sculpture: Images from Early India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 13, 1985-January 5, 1986).
  • {{cite web|title=Ladies Entertained by Dancers|url=false|author=|year=1–200 CE|access-date=17 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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