Right side of the
Rome or David Casket, Byzantine, 898 or 900AD


Saul sleeps in the cave at Engedi
David is anointed
David’s birth

Source: p190 Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium by Leslie Brubaker
An ivory casket in the Palazzo Venezia, Rome.
The casket had been attributed to Armenia based on the strangeness of the lettering of part of the inscription. Later this was found to be due to repair of the casket, probably in the 17th century.



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