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BZ.1937.16, Portable Altar

BZ.1937.16, Portable Altar

Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Museum

Byzantine and Romanesque, second half of the eleventh century

Walrus ivory, wood, porphyry, and velvet, 10.7 cm x 15.5 cm x 23.8 cm (4 3/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in.)

Mildred Barnes Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss acquired this altar from New York dealer Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co. in April 1937.