About this object

Bone figure made from a length of long bone. Possibly an altar ornament. Back flattened. The bust and waist are suggested by abrupt ridges. The nose is in relief and other features are perhaps painted. There are holes to attach moveable arms. The legs are indicated by a cut. Yellow staining at the front or is the original patina?

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    3rd Century AD - 9th Century AD
  • Materials
    Animal Bone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Robert Grenville Gayer- Anderson, 1947
  • Collector
    Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1945 before
  • Measurements
    170 mm x 41 mm x 29 mm
  • Related people
    Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1945
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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