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Victorious Emperor (Alexander the Great?)
Coptic-Byzantine Ivory Relief, 7th century. The Walters Art Museum



This ivory relief depicts a boar hunt scene. Two winged genii hover above a victorious emperor hunter. Beneath the horse one can see the rear legs of the hunted boar. The relief has been badly broken and subsequently repaired. There are two holes in the relief, evidence that it was originally mounted on a piece of furniture or an architectural structure. This piece also strongly demonstrates the relationship between ivories and textiles from late classical and Coptic Egypt. Two tapestries, now at the Textile Museum, in Washington DC, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, contain images and details nearly identical to the ivory relief.
Creators: Coptic (Artist) Byzantine (Artist)
Period: 7th century (Late Antique)
Medium: ivory
Accession Number: 71.1144
Measurements: H: 5 1/8 x W: 4 15/16 in. (13 x 12.5 cm)
Geography: Egypt (Place of Origin)
The Walters Art Museum



See also a similar composition of Alexander the Great as a Coptic, Byzantine or Syrian Cavalryman on a Textile, Egypt or Syria, 7th century
St Philotheos, Warrior Saint, AntinoŽ, Egypt, 1st half of 7th century, Louvre, Paris
Other 7th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers from Coptic Egyptian and Nubian Sources
Byzantine Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers