Published coptic bronze figurine of a sitting man
Probably lid of an oil lamp. Between 1963 and 2009 on exhibition in Vienna, Zurich, Basel and Clermont-Ferrand. Reported to have been found in Middle Egypt. From the famous Prof. Maurice Bouvier collection, acquired in Egypt between 1929 and 1959.
Figurine of a man: Probably lid of an oil lamp
About 5th century A.D.
Figurine of a man sitting on a base, holding a round object in the right hand and an another object in the left.
Height without socket 56 mm
Excellently preserved, the surface gently cleaned with smooth patina. With original bronze base.
Koptische Kunst - Christentum am Nil, Kunsthaus Zürich, November 1963 till January 1964
Frühchristliche und Koptische Kunst, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, March 11th till May 3rd 1964
On loan at the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, 1998 till 2003
On loan at the Musée Bargoin de Clermont-Ferrand, 2008 till 2009
Koptische Kunst - Christentum am Nil, Katalog zur Ausstellung im Kunsthaus Zürich, November 1963 bis Januar 1964 (Zürich 1963) Nr. 630
Acquired 2019 in a traditional Paris auction house. Ex swiss collection Bouvier which was formed over 2 generations. Acquired in the collection by the founder of the collection Prof. Maurice Bouvier between 1929 and 1959 in Cairo or Alexandria. Reported to have been found in Middle Egypt. Between 1959 and 2019 in Switzerland or on exhibition in various museums, see above.
Maurice Bouvier (1901 - 1981) studied law in Neuchatel and was appointed as a professor by the government of Egypt in 1929 first at the University of Assiut and later at the University of Cairo where he discovered his passion for the history of Ancient Egypt. In 1943, Bouvier moved to Alexandria where he teached law until 1959. After finishing his professional career, he moved to the village of Gruyeres in Switzerland in 1959, where he spent his retirement.
During the 30 years in Egypt between 1929 and 1959, M. Bouvier built a very comprehensive collection of Egyptian art with specimen from Prehistoric Egypt, the Pharaonic and Roman era as well as many Coptic and Islamic artefacts. In 1959, he brought his collection to Switzerland. Mr. Bouvier's collection was recognized in professional circles, many objects among which also the figurine offered here were on exhibition in important European museums. After Mr. Bouvier passed away in 1981, his son and heir took over the vast collection, thoroughly taking care of the artefacts until they were offered to the collectors again in 2019 in a series of auctions.
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