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A good Byzantine Bone Button, ca 8th century AD
Reference No: RM802
A good Byzantine Bone Button, ca 8th century AD
Price : $ 250
EUR 233.03 GBP 199.28 AUD 383.25
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of rounded form, with incised double concentric circles and pierced in the center for attachment.

Byzantine period buttons of ivory, bone or steatite exhibit a variety of decoration and were turned on the lathe. A study of the shapes has revealed no development within the three centuries (X-XII). Some of the bone buttons were dyed red or pink shades. For buttons see: Davidson G.R. Corinth, vol XII, The Minor Objects. Princeton, 1952, p.297-304;

Condition:   Intact, overall in good condition with minor losses as shown that do not detract.    With catalogue tag on back.

Dimensions:   Diameter: 2.5cm (1 inch)

Provenance:  Originally part of the Drexel collection donated to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the 1920's, deaccessioned in 1958 and thereafter in the George Ollinger private collection, Pennsylvania, thereafter in a private Pennslvanyia collection, acquired from the Ollinger estate in the late 1990's.

 

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