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Box Lid with a Phoenix

Date:
ca. 5th century
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium:
Schist
Dimensions:
W. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg, 1998
Accession Number:
2000.284.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
Box lids are rare examples of nonreligious art of the fifth century, little of which has survived. They are closely related in style and imagery. Their dating is based on the decorative scrolls of the Gupta period.
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