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    Artist Name:

    Axum Artist, Ethiopia

    Title:

    Head

    Date:

    4th - 7th century

    Medium:

    Terracotta

    Dimensions:

    4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Fred and Rita Richman Collection

    Accession Number:

    72.40.137

    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.



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