Roman-Egyptian Bone Inlay

Culture: Roman/Alexandria
Period: 2nd century A. D.
Material: Bone
Dimensions: 8.4 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1232
Provenance: Swiss private collection Hans Zellweger (1916-2000), acquired in the 1970s from Elie Borowski. Since then in a family estate.
Condition: Reassembled from three pieces.
Description: Finely worked bone inlay depicting the profile of a bearded god. The foliage on the head could possibly indicate that it represents Dionysus. The face with a bulbous nose, eyes with punched pupils looking out under thick lids, as well as a closed mouth with thick lips. The beard cascading in long wavy dags. Three perforations for mounting and for stitching on.