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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.

Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1986.969

Medium or Technique

Ivory; bone

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture