Couch and footstool with bone carvings and glass inlays

Period: Imperial

Date: 1st–2nd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Wood, bone, glass

Dimensions: 41 1/2 × 30 × 84 1/2 in. (105.4 × 76.2 × 214.6 cm)
footstool: 9 1/4 × 17 1/2 × 25 1/2 in. (23.5 × 44.5 × 64.8 cm)

Classifications: Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.2076

Description

Parts of the glass decoration along the sides of both the couch and footstool are very similar to glass wall revetment panels found at the site of an imperial villa belonging to the co-emperor Lucius Verus (r. 161–169 A.D.) on the Via Cassia outside Rome. However, the carved bone inlays are paralleled on other Roman couches. These are decorated with scenes of hunting, cupids, and other mythical figures such as Ganymede.

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