The Ivory Casket of Sens, known as 'La Sainte Chasse'
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This Byzantine ivory casket of 10-11 century AD is a highlight of the Museum of Sens (France, Burgundy). The casket was used for many centuries as a church tabernacle, but its initial purpose is uncertain. Based on its shape and size, it could have been meant to be a storage for a crown. The casket is covered by 46 ivory images in 4 horizontal layers denoted a,b,c,d; there are 12 flat sections in each layer closing a 12-sided polygon. The images tell the stories of David (a) and Joseph (b+d). Level (c) is taken up by beasts.

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