Early period Egyptian statue


This is a 4th-5th century Egyptian statue of a Christian woman. The height is 38.3 cm, and the base is 12 x 9.8 cm. It is terracotta plaster, with details painted on. The dress is also painted in such a way as to indicate embroidery, very similar to Coptic embroidery. For more information on Coptic embroidery, please look at the Coptic embroidery and garb post.

The cross is clearly visible but I have no idea what is tucked under her arm. Any ideas?

The statue is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

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2 comments on “Early period Egyptian statue

  1. Asfridhr says:

    According to:

    M. S. Dimand, 1930. “Coptic Tunics in the Metropolitan Museum of Art”
    Metropolitan Museum Studies Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 239-252

    It is ‘a bundle’, which is a massive clarification. 😉

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