Chimerical bone toy or pendant with feline head, elongated body and protruding hind paws.
The end of the short tail and the glans are rendered as snake heads. The figure may combine male and female genitalia.
The body is decorated with drilled dots and incised linear patterns.
The recurrence to powerful protective figures such as lion or snake point to an apotropaic relevance of the item.
Drilled perforation through the head for suspension.
Egyptian, Coptic Period, 4th to 7th Century AD
H. 10 cm (3.9 in)
Excellent condition. Intact, except for the missing forepart of one paw (?). Nice old mellow surface patina with scattered areas of encrustation.
Private NYC collection, acquired 1975-1985.
Thence US art market.
The authenticity of the object in unconditionally guaranteed