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Coptic Bone Doll Fragment, Early Islamic Egypt, 7th to 9th Century AD

Coptic Bone Doll Fragment, Early Islamic Egypt, 7th to 9th Century AD


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1457624
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Bernhard I. Muller, PhD
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Zurich, Switzerland

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 $580.00 
Highly stylized female figure carved from a piece of bone. The prominent head with nose and pursed lips in slight relief. The eyes and eyebrows drawn with faint traces of the applied ink. Pierced ears to bear small earrings.
Drilled holes at the shoulder level to thread through a piece of string to attach separate arms. The preserved arm with notched arm bend and detailed hand.
Commonly referred as ‘Coptic dolls’, these figurines seem to appear suddenly in Egypt and Palestine, coinciding with the Arab conquest. They may have served as inexpensive toys, and were placed in graves and may have also served as votive gifts in the cult of local female deities.
For a related semi-naturalistic example, cf. UC59359 in the Petrie Museum database.
Bone
Coptic Egypt, early Islamic Period, 7th to 9th century AD
H. 9.7 cm (3.8 in)
H. with arm 12.6 cm (5 in)
Lower body missing, otherwise nice example with yellow staining. Craze along the front.
Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York, sold as part of a group of Egyptian bone objects in 2014. (page relating to the group joined)

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.