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Unpolished, light brown wood with no traces of color; elaborately carved with leaves, conventional ornaments and fish.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period, A.D. 364–476


Length x width x depth: 66 x 8 x 5 cm (26 x 3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World