COPTIC EGYPTIAN ART

Art Treasures From The Earliest Christian Civilization



TEXTILES BONE PILGRIM OTHER


TEXTILES

VERY RARE COPTIC ART

7302. AN ORNATE LEATHER SHOE OF A NOBLE LADY. Egypt, Coptic Period, 4th-6th century AD. Of very fine manufacture with ornate thin leather strips and whorls attached, many with remains of gilding. 3.5 x 8.5 inches. Flattened but in generally excellent original condition, complete with no repair or restoration and all original gilding. Exceptionally rare, a museum quality artifact.

Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist by descent. Acquired in the first half of the 20th century. Brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$8500.



7275. LARGE COPTIC TEXTILE. Egypt, Christian Period, c. 4th-6th century AD. Fine double-weave fabric with numerous alternating medallions of riders and fishes between fine geometric borders, Adam & Eve with birds in terminal rectangular medallion. 11 x 53 inches. In two sections.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$4500.



7276. LARGE COPTIC TEXTILE. Egypt, Christian Period, c. 4th-6th century AD. Fine double-weave fabric with fishes, birds and mermaids. 6.5 x 36 inches.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$4500.



7279. VIVID COPTIC TEXTILE. Egypt, Christian Period, c. 4th-6th century AD. Double-weave fabric with two registers of lozenge patterns on red ground. Beautiful coloration. 8 x 12.5 inches.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$750.



EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASKS

7455. EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASK. Egypt, c. 6th century AD. This pilgrims flask depicts St. Menas as an orant, flanked by two stylized objects. The reverse side contains the Blessing of St. Menas inscription within a wreath. Twin handles surround the center spout. These flasks were used to carry oil back from the shrine of the saint at Abu Mena, Egypt. A similar flask may be found at the Louvre. 2.75 x 3.75 inches high. Intact but for small chip to spout. Very rare early Christian artifact.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$1850.



7456. EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASK. Egypt, c. 6th century AD. This pilgrims flask depicts St. Menas as an orant, flanked by two stylized objects on both sides. Twin handles surround the center spout. These flasks were used to carry oil back from the shrine of the saint at Abu Mena, Egypt. A similar flask may be found at the Louvre. 4 inches high. Choice intact condition. Very rare early Christian artifact.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$1250.



SAINT MENAS WITH HALO

7458. EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASK. Egypt, c. 6th century AD. This pilgrims flask depicts St. Menas as an orant, flanked by two stylized objects. The reverse side contains the Blessing of St. Menas inscription within a wreath. Twin handles surround the center spout (lost in this example). These flasks were used to carry oil back from the shrine of the saint at Abu Mena, Egypt. A similar flask may be found at the Louvre. 2.5 x 2.3 inches. Very rare early Christian artifact.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$450.



WITH AN EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS

7460. EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASK. Egypt, c. 6th century AD. This pilgrims flask depicts St. Menas as an orant, flanked by two stylized objects. The reverse side contains a large Coptic cross. Twin handles surround the center spout (lost in this example). These flasks were used to carry oil back from the shrine of the saint at Abu Mena, Egypt. A similar flask may be found at the Louvre. 2.75 x 3 inches. Very rare early Christian artifact with a rosette in the form of a cross.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$350.



WITH AN EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS

7461. EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASK. Egypt, c. 6th century AD. This pilgrims flask depicts St. Menas as an orant, flanked by two stylized objects. The reverse side contains a Coptic cross within a wreat. Twin handles surround the center spout (lost in this example). These flasks were used to carry oil back from the shrine of the saint at Abu Mena, Egypt. A similar flask may be found at the Louvre. 2.5 x 3 inches. Very rare early Christian artifact with a depiction of the cross!

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$850.



BEAUTIFUL DEPICTION OF AN EARLY SAILING SHIP

7462. RARE EARLY CHRISTIAN PILGRIM FLASK. Egypt, c. 6th century AD. This pilgrims flask depicts St. Menas as an orant, flanked by two stylized objects. The reverse side contains a large ship under full sail, four fish swimming below. Twin handles surround the center spout (one lost). These flasks were used to carry oil back from the shrine of the saint at Abu Mena, Egypt. A similar flask may be found at the Louvre. 2.75 x 3.25 inches. Very rare early Christian artifact.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$1250.



WOOD & POTTERY

7407. RARE COPTIC CARVED WOOD FIXTURE, c. 4th-6th century AD. The panel in the form of an eagle's head with another grouse bird head and floral designs inside, flange on right side. 1.7 x 3 inches. Rare.

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$450.



7318. COPTIC TERRA COTTA HEAD OF A MAN, c. 4th-6th century AD. With stylized features and short beard indicated by incised hatch marks, the eyes still with original blue and white pigment. 2 inches. Rare!

Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Egyptologist active in the early part of the 20th century. Brought to the US with the family in 1954.

$350.