About this object

Curved panel fragment showing a naked youth in an upright stance with right arm lifted and curved over the head. Successful curve of the neckline down to the left shoulder. Radio-carbon dating confirms the authenticity of the piece, giving probable limits of AD260/430 and virtually certain limits of AD 190/540.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Containers
  • Culture
    Byzantine (Coptic)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    4th 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
    80 mm x 42 mm x 10 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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