Egypt, Coptic culture, ca. 5th to 7th century CE. A delightful female idol carved from a hollowed-out bone, probably from livestock or a small wild ungulate, made in Byzantine Egypt. The figure presents a characteristically abstract nude form with attenuated arms that extend to either side, a slender belly, wide hips, an incised pubic triangle, and straight legs. Her visage is also quite schematic with almond-shaped eyes, a straight almost rectangular nose, and puckering lips. A wonderfully, well-preserved example! Size: 0.9" W x 2.75" H (2.3 cm x 7 cm)
Provenance: ex Estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA acquired before 2000
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Nicks and encrustations along verso with expected ossification commensurate with age, otherwise intact and very good. Nice smooth surfaces and great preservation to facial details.