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Plaque

Date:
7th–8th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Bone; carved with remains of paint
Dimensions:
D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) W. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) H. 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm)
Classification:
Ivories and Bone
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.118.4
Not on view
These plaques, one with an unusual purple hue, were attached to wooden furniture with nails or pegs. They are made from the cylindrical shafts of animal bones sawn in half and carved on the smooth outer side. Both examples have the same motif: two vines twisted together that blossom into leaves at their tops under a pointed arch.
[ Frank Tano, New York, until 1938; sold to MMA]
McAllister, Hannah. "Fourteen Coptic Bone Plaques." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 34 (1939). pp. 68-70.



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