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February 20, 2016




The above Coptic pottery vessel is from c. 4th-6th Century AD. The vessel has depressed globular body, short neck and flattened rim. It is painted in brown and red and depicting a facing figure. It has fish and bird painted on the other sides of the vase separated by vertical design. In height, it is 5″ (12.7 cm).

It has recently been sold by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., in Chicago, for $1850. The buyer is unknown.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2016 7:38 pm

    1850 dollars? That’s it? I could have bought that!

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      February 22, 2016 8:13 pm

      I wondered why the Coptic Museum in Cairo did not buy it.

  2. February 22, 2016 8:19 pm

    How do we even know when auctions like these occur? If any local Coptic church had known, I’m sure a few members can pitch in for these.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      February 22, 2016 8:45 pm

      These things need eyes and ears and good contact with dealers, auctioneers and museums across the world. The Coptic Museum should have had an inkling about the sale; and if it didn’t, it is not fit for purpose!

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