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La compresenza di tecniche diverse in cassette con placche in osso dell’Egitto tardoantico: i casi di Baltimora e Londra

Francesca Pistone

A wooden casket decorated with bone plaques from Late-Antique Egypt, now in the Walters Art Museum, is a rare example of the juxtaposition of two different carving techniques, on the one hand, fashioned in relief, and on the other cut in intaglio and filled with wax. Only one other comparable casket, now in the British Museum, has been preserved, and yet it has received little scholarly attention. In light of the stylistic differences between the carvings in each technique, the caskets could be the products of versatile workshops, capable of producing such objects, or the results of reassembling preexisting pieces, whether in ancient or modern times.