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Coptic art, Coptic terracotta pilgrim flask, Coptic Egypt, 480- 650 A.D. Coptic art, Coptic terracotta pilgrim flask depicting Saint Menas on eithe side, flanked by camels, his arms outstretched in blessing, above each arm is a quincunx, representing a cross, all within a beaded circular border. These small flasks were probably produced at the pilgrimage center of Abu Mena, south-west of Alexandria, to sell to the devout as a souvenir of a visit, 9.5 high. Private collection

Coptic art, Coptic terracotta pilgrim flask, Coptic Egypt, 480- 650 A.D. Coptic art, Coptic terracotta pilgrim flask depicting Saint Menas on eithe side, flanked by camels, his arms outstretched in blessing, above each arm is a quincunx, representing a cross, all within a beaded circular border. These small flasks were probably produced at the pilgrimage center of Abu Mena, south-west of Alexandria, to sell to the devout as a souvenir of a visit, 9.5 high. Private collection

True cross clay token with the emblem of the cross and X on horizontal side bars and two figures that could be Apostle Peter and St. Paul, 1.6 cm diameter. Private collection

True cross clay token with the emblem of the cross and X on horizontal side bars and two figures that could be Apostle Peter and St.

Coptic art, Coptic mirror alabaster with kohl tube, 4th-5th century A.D. Coptic art, Coptic mirror, carved alabaster kohl tube and mirror combination utensil with a broad leaf shaped handle, the object is pierced vertically from the top to form a tube for storing kohl which extends to the bottom of the handle, the round chiselled section at the front would originally have held a glass, this is ancient precursor of the modern ladies' mirror and make-up compact, 14.5 cm high. Private…

Coptic art, Coptic mirror alabaster with kohl tube, 4th-5th century A.D. Coptic art, Coptic mirror, carved alabaster kohl tube and mirror combination utensil with a broad leaf shaped handle, the object is pierced vertically from the top to form a tube for storing kohl which extends to the bottom of the handle, the round chiselled section at the front would originally have held a glass, this is ancient precursor of the modern ladies' mirror and make-up compact, 14.5 cm high. Private…

Coptic mirror alabaster with kohl tube, 4th-5th century A.D. Roman Coptic carved alabaster kohl tube and mirror combination utensil with a broad leaf shaped handle, the object is pierced vertically from the top to form a tube for storing kohl which extends to the bottom of the handle, the round chiselled section at the front would originally have held a glass, this is the ancient precursor of the modern ladies' mirror and make-up compact, 14.5 cm high. Private collection

Coptic mirror alabaster with kohl tube, 4th-5th century A.D. Roman Coptic carved alabaster kohl tube and mirror combination utensil with a broad leaf shaped handle, the object is pierced vertically from the top to form a tube for storing kohl which extends to the bottom of the handle, the round chiselled section at the front would originally have held a glass, this is the ancient precursor of the modern ladies' mirror and make-up compact, 14.5 cm high. Private collection

True cross, 7th-8th century A.D. There are four distinct types, one with H-N-E-I in corners, one with three human figures, one  with two human figures and X’s on horizontal side bars and one with two, slightly larger, human figures and no X’s. All his specimens are from the same hoard, found in Turkey. They represent aspects of the Crucifixion and probably allude to recovery of the True Cross by the emperor Heraclus (610-641 A.D.) from the Sassanians. He brought it back to Constantinople.

True cross, 7th-8th century A.D. There are four distinct types, one with H-N-E-I in corners, one with three human figures, one with two human figures and X’s on horizontal side bars and one with two, slightly larger, human figures and no X’s. All his specimens are from the same hoard, found in Turkey. They represent aspects of the Crucifixion and probably allude to recovery of the True Cross by the emperor Heraclus (610-641 A.D.) from the Sassanians. He brought it back to Constantinople.

Coptic bread stamp of wood, Coptic, 4th-7th century A.D. Coptic bread stamp of wood, Prosphora stamp, these stamps are used for bread intended for consecration and communion within the various ancient Christian traditions. The inscription is IC XC NI KI, which stands for "Jesus Christ, Victor" Stamp carved into nine sectors, each decorated with different geometric motifs, including crosses and triangles, rectangular handle carved at the top with another cross, 8.5 cm diameter. Private…

Coptic bread stamp of wood, Coptic, 4th-7th century A.D. Coptic bread stamp of wood, Prosphora stamp, these stamps are used for bread intended for consecration and communion within the various ancient Christian traditions. The inscription is IC XC NI KI, which stands for "Jesus Christ, Victor" Stamp carved into nine sectors, each decorated with different geometric motifs, including crosses and triangles, rectangular handle carved at the top with another cross, 8.5 cm diameter. Private…

True cross with a Greek cross with the letters H N E I in the angles, likely reading is hn ei(dos), "behold the appearance (of the Cross)", 1.5 cm diameter.  Private collection

Pilgrim badge Christian pilgrim's bagde token, True cross with a Greek cross with the letters H N E I in the angles, likely reading is hn ei(dos), "behold the appearance (of the Cross)", cm diameter.

Coptic art, True cross tokens were issued as souvenirs of the celebrations accompanying the return of the Cross to Jerusalem in 630 A.D. Coptic art, they are small clay or terra-cotta "medallions", made by pressing a lump of clay into a probably wooden mold. It is said that a piece of the wood of the Cross was burned and the ash mixed with the clay, hence the tokens, themselves, became miniature reliquaries, 1.9 cm diameter. Private collection

Coptic art, True cross tokens were issued as souvenirs of the celebrations accompanying the return of the Cross to Jerusalem in 630 A.D. Coptic art, they are small clay or terra-cotta "medallions", made by pressing a lump of clay into a probably wooden mold. It is said that a piece of the wood of the Cross was burned and the ash mixed with the clay, hence the tokens, themselves, became miniature reliquaries, 1.9 cm diameter. Private collection

True cross, the most precious relic preserved by the Byzantine church was the True Cross, claimed to be the actual cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Discovered in the 320 during the renovations of the pilgrimage sites in Jerusalem under Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, the Cross had been venerated by generations of pilgrims by the seventh century. The two figures are Saints Helena and Constantine or possibly Mary and John,  2.2 cm diameter. Private collection

True cross, the most precious relic preserved by the Byzantine church was the True Cross, claimed to be the actual cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Discovered in the 320 during the renovations of the pilgrimage sites in Jerusalem under Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, the Cross had been venerated by generations of pilgrims by the seventh century. The two figures are Saints Helena and Constantine or possibly Mary and John, 2.2 cm diameter. Private collection

Christian amulet with opening words of the 91st. Psalm, 5th-6th century A.D. Christian amulet, bronze leaf shaped amulet depicting on one side a Angel holding a sceptre, on other side OKA TOIKO NENBO HOIAT OYY, 4 cm long. Private collection

Christian amulet with opening words of the Psalm, century A. Christian amulet, bronze leaf shaped amulet depicting on one side a Angel holding a sceptre, on other side OKA TOIKO NENBO HOIAT OYY, 4 cm long.

Coptic textile embroidered with name 'CAUBATIOY', 4th-5th century A.D. Coptic textile, Egyptian linen and wool, the panel is a very fine gauze like fabric with a thick band and three other narrow bands of the same color along the edge, most importantly along the right side is an embroidered name which appears to read 'CAUBATIOY" which could be the name of the original owner of the maker of the garment, 34.2 cm x 22.8 cm unpublished. Private collection

Coptic textile embroidered with name 'CAUBATIOY', 4th-5th century A.D. Coptic textile, Egyptian linen and wool, the panel is a very fine gauze like fabric with a thick band and three other narrow bands of the same color along the edge, most importantly along the right side is an embroidered name which appears to read 'CAUBATIOY" which could be the name of the original owner of the maker of the garment, 34.2 cm x 22.8 cm unpublished. Private collection

Coptic textile embroidered with name 'CAUBATIOY', 4th-5th century A.D. Coptic textile embroidered, Egyptian linen and wool, the panel is a very fine gauze like fabric with a thick band and three other narrow bands of the same color along the edge, most importantly along the right side is an embroidered name which appears to read 'CAUBATIOY" which could be the name of the original owner of the maker of the garment, 34.2 cm x 22.8 cm unpublished. Private collection

Coptic textile embroidered with name 'CAUBATIOY', 4th-5th century A.D. Coptic textile embroidered, Egyptian linen and wool, the panel is a very fine gauze like fabric with a thick band and three other narrow bands of the same color along the edge, most importantly along the right side is an embroidered name which appears to read 'CAUBATIOY" which could be the name of the original owner of the maker of the garment, 34.2 cm x 22.8 cm unpublished. Private collection

Coptic art, Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure, 6th-7th century A.D. Coptic artr, Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure with pointed headdress, 10.7 cm high. Private collection

Coptic art, Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure, century A. Coptic artr, Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure with pointed headdress, cm high.

Coptic art, Coptic comb amulet, Coptic, 5th-7th century A.D. Coptic art, Coptic bone amulet in the form of a carding comb, centrally pierced for suspension, 1.3 cm high. Private collection

Comb amulet, Coptic, century A. Coptic bone amulet in the form of a carding comb, centrally pierced for suspension, cm high.

Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure, 6th-7th century A.D. Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure with pointed headdress, 10.7 cm high. Private collection

Coptic art, Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure, century A. Coptic artr, Coptic terracotta bust of a female figure with pointed headdress, cm high.

Coptic art, Coptic bone toy doll or pendant, 6th-8th century A.D. Coptic art, Coptic bone miniature toy doll or pendant, two little holed eyes maybe for use as pendant, 3.3 cm high. Private collection

Coptic art, Coptic bone toy doll or pendant, 6th-8th century A.D. Coptic art, Coptic bone miniature toy doll or pendant, two little holed eyes maybe for use as pendant, 3.3 cm high. Private collection

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