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7th–9th century
Attributed to Egypt
Bone; carved and incised
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) W. 1 in. (2.6 cm) D. 1/4 in. (0.7 cm)
Ivories and Bone
Credit Line:
Gift of Lily S. Place, 1921
Accession Number:
Not on view
Lily S. Place, Cairo (until 1921; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition," March 14, 2012–July 8, 2012, no. 134B.

Strzygowski, Josef. "Koptische Kunst." In Catalogue Generale du Musee du Caire. vol. 12. Vienna, 1904. no. nos. 8869-73, ill. pl. XVIII.

Friedman, Florence D. "Egypt and the Copts in the 2nd to 7th Centuries AD." In Beyond the Pharaohs. Providence, R.I.: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1989. no. 75, p. 166, ill. (b/w), Not specifically referenced but like objects in Cat #. 75, defined as dolls, likely, rather than 'concubines' or 'fertility amulets'. Other bibliographic references as well.

Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 134B, pp. 193-4, ill. (color).

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