A Coptic bronze bowl

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Lot 492
A Coptic bronze bowl

Sold for £ 1,250 (US$ 1,558) inc. premium

The Oxford Fine Sale

15 Apr 2015, 10:00 BST

Oxford

A Coptic bronze bowl
Circa 6th Century A.D.
The straight flaring sides set on a raised openwork ring foot, the body decorated with incised bands, a drop handle on either side resting through two loops attached to the rim, one handle sub-rectangular with inward sloping sides and a rounded knop at the two corners, the other handle, probably later, of horseshoe form, 35cm diam

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Bonhams, 8 November 2001, lot 458.
    UK private collection, found in England. Such bronze bowls of the Saxon Period are thought to be from Egypt and this type of bowl was common among the Coptic Christians. Examples such as ours have been found from the Rhine, indicating the route that would have been taken from Egypt. This type of bowl has been found relatively commonly in Kent, with three known from Faversham, one from Wingham and another from Sarre. Cf. R. A. Smith, British Museum Guide to Anglo-Saxon Antiquities 1923, Ipswich, 1993, p.77, fig.90.
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