About this object

Bone panel frame has 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. The 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. There is plenty symmetry with the shoulders in line the waist, hips, and stopping at the knees. Alexandria believed it was within the same style as Nilotic art of 4th-6th century.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    4th Century AD - 6th Century 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)

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Publications

  • Heliopolis, Kafr Ammar and Shurafa

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Ernest Mackay

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders; Ernest Mackay
    Publisher: British School of Archaeology in Egypt
    Date: 1915
    Description: Publication of the excavations carried out during the winter season 1911-12 by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Contains chapters by G. A. Wainwright, R. Engelbach, D. E. Derry and W. W. Midgley.

  • Radiocarbon dating of ivroy and bone carvings

    Gibson, M T; Southworth, E C

    Author: Gibson, M T; Southworth, E C
    Publisher:
    Date: 1990
    Description:

  • The Liverpool Ivories: Late Antique and Medieval Ivory and Bone Carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

    Gibson, Margaret

    Author: Gibson, Margaret
    Publisher: HMSO; National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1994
    Description: Catalogue of ivory and bone carvings from late antique and medieval held in collections of Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

Events

  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 17 November 1924

    Start date: 1924-11-17
    End date: 1924-11-17
    Description: Sale of objects, which were purchased, in part, by Sir Henry Wellcome.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1934
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1981
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W M A Reid

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1934
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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