About this object

Furniture inlay panel of ivory carved with varied decoration along each side with arrows pointing downwards down the sides and a crossed pattern along the bottom and a lined pattern along the top of row of the frame. Around this decoration is another part of the frame which is plain. Two holes at the top and bottom centre of the panel. A dancing-girl is standing with her left leg on the ground and her right leg lifted to the left against the frame creating a square shape in the left bottom corner. Her left arm is up in the right top corner helping her to balance with her right hand rested down on her hip.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    300 AD - AD 600 AD
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1900s early
  • Measurements
    71 mm x 38 mm x 4 mm
  • Note
    c.f., UC71151
  • Related people
    John Sunley Comins ( Agent and employee of Wellcome Historical Medical Museum); W M A Reid ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1934
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1981
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1934
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • W M A Reid

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1934
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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