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Symbol of Saint Luke

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Winged ox carved in low relief on curved segment of elephant tusk. Ox crouched on grassy base holding scroll bearing letters: S+LV between forelegs. scroll curves up across body and appears to go behind head.


1983, sold by John Winter, Milan, through Edward R. Lubin, New York, to Max Falk, New York; 1986, gift of Max Falk to the MFA. (Accession Date: January, 21 1987)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Max Falk in honor of Mr. Hanns Swarzenski

Italian (Venice), Medieval, about 1300

Object Place

Venice, Italy


16.4 x 7 x 3.2 cm (6 7/16 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory; bone