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Figure

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Date:

    5th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black stone

  • Museum number:

    A.7-1958

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a fragment of a small figure, probably originating from Egypt or Syria from perhaps the 5th century.
It is said to have been acquired in Cairo. The immediate reaction is to identify the figure as one of the Magi and date it to about the 5th century. Work in black stone of this kind might have been done in Nubia, or alternatively in Syria and Palestine.

Physical description

Fragment of a small figure with a beard and wearing a Phrygian cap; his arms are outstretched with an unidentified object, probably a gift, held in both hands. On the back of the figure are two protuberances, hatched on the surface, which are difficult to explain.

Date

5th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Black stone

Dimensions

Height: 4.76 cm

Object history note

Said to have been acquired in Cairo. The immediate reaction is to identify the figure as one of the Magi and date it to about the 5th century. Work in black stone of this kind might have been done in Nubia, or alternatively in Syria and Palestine.
Given by Sir Leigh Aston, F.S.A., London.

Descriptive line

Figure, black stone, fragment of a male figure, perhaps Syrian or Egyptian, perhaps 5th century

Production Note

probably Assyrian or Egyptian, probably 5th century

Materials

Stone

Subjects depicted

Cap; Figure

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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