Axum Artist, Ethiopia
4th – 7th century
4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches
Fred and Rita Richman Collection
Currently Not on View
Ethiopia’s long association with the Coptic Christian tradition is reflected in colorful paintings and illustrated texts that depict important historical and religious figures in ritual and daily activities. The facial features of such works—especially the long, protruding, aquiline nose and large eyes—recall Byzantine art. These influences are evident in this clay head, which may have served as a commemorative image of an important individual.