Egypt; c. 3rd century BC- 3rd century AD
A black and white hard stone disc, a glassy composition disc with flower head inlay, 3 mosaic glass beads or spindle whorls, a mosaic glass flat round bead with flower head on both sides, and lastly, a wooden bead or spindle whorl, probably coptic.
largest 1" diameter (2.5 cm)
Provenance: The John J. Slocum Collection
Mr. Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attache to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby's, London in 1997.