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A Byzantine Bone Button, ca 8th century AD - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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A Byzantine Bone Button, ca 8th century AD

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 Pennsylvania collection, acquired from the Ollinger estate in the late 1990's.

 

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