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Title / Description: Ivory box at BresciaCommentary: This piece of artwork, attributed to around the fourth century, contains themes and characters present in both the Old and New Testament. Though the piece is religious in nature, it truly serves a decorative purpose. Ivory was a widely used material, and accounts for the best type of sculptural artistry present for study. Many are incredibly detailed, and serve as a canvas for various forms of religious artistic expression.
Date: 4th century
Cutts, Edward L. History of Early Christian Art. New York: E. & J.B. and Co., 1893;
Lowrie, Walter. Monuments of the Early Church. New York: Macmillan Co., Ltd., 1901.
Author of Commentary: Ebony Pollard
Source: Lowrie, Walter Monuments of the Early Church
(New York:Macmillan Company, 1901)
Reference: p. 282 figure 111