Walrus ivory, carved in relief with a depiction of the Baptism of Christ. Devotional carving, probably cut down from a plaque mounted on the cover of a holy book, or possibly from a casket. The carving portrays the young Christ being baptised by the bearded figure of Saint John the Baptist. The saint is shown standing in the sacred river Jordan, represented by stylized waves. The Baptist's full-length garment is a complex arrangement of corrugations, swirls and flutters, in contrast to Christ's naked torso. Both figures are haloed. The ivory has been cut at the right side and top from a larger panel. There are three attachment holes, two towards the bottom and another in the centre. The back is undecorated, but has a modern ink inscription. Both surfaces are highly polished.

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