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Date:
7th–8th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Bone; incised and inlaid with paint
Dimensions:
H. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm) Diam. 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm)
Classification:
Ivories and Bone
Credit Line:
Gift of Nelly, Violet and Elie Abemayor, in memory of Michel Abemayor, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.546.6
Not on view
The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serves an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symbol may have lost its meaning, and become simply a decorative pattern, or may have one that we have not yet discovered
Michel E. Abemayor, New York (until d. 1975); Nelly, Violet, and Elie Abemayor, Great Neck, NY (1975–78; gifted to MMA)
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