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Rome or David Casket, Byzantine, 898 or 900AD

David showing Saulís severed garment.

David fights Goliath.


David beheads Goliath.

Dismayed Philistines.

Photos by emilio

Picture source: p185 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.

Photo by emilio

Referenced on p29, MAA 89 Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Ian Heath & Angus McBride:
These details from a 10th-century ivory casket depict Armenian infantry in Byzantine employ. Most of the Empire's military aristocracy were of Armenian ancestry and in the 9th and 10th centuries Armenians formed about twenty-five per cent of the Empire's armed forces or possibly even more.

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