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Box Lid with a Phoenix

ca. 5th century
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
W. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Bequest of Samuel Eilenberg, 1998
Accession Number:
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.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until d. 1998; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.

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