Byzantium, Constantinople, Byzantine period, 11th-12th century
Ivory, wood, Overall: 14.3 x 46.7 x 20.3 cm (5 5/8 x 18 3/8 x 8 in.). Gift of W. G. Mather, F. F. Prentiss, John L. Severance, J. H. Wade 1924.747
Scenes from the Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve and their children, Cain and Abel, decorate this box, which may have been made to contain jewelry or small valuables. On its lid two plaques depict the creation of Adam and the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib. Two further plaques depict Cain slaying Abel: Cain throws a stone in the direction of Abel, who is hit by stones in the hip, chest, and head.
Walters Art Gallery, "Early Christian and Byzantine Art" (Baltimore Museum of Art, April 24-June 24, 1947): no. 118, pl. XXIV.CMA: "Object Lessons, Cleveland Creates an Art Museum" June 7--September 8, 1991.Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007), the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008) and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2/13/2009 - 6/7/2009): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
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