Funerary stele of Herakleides

Egyptian
Late Roman Imperial Period
A.D. 200–310


Findspot: Egypt, Kom Abu Billo

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 037.

Dimensions

Height x width: 33.3 x 25.5 cm (13 1/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.256

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

Limestone funerary stele depicting a man dressed in an Ionic chiton and himation lying on a couch. The man’s figure is carved in very high relief. To his right is a figure of Anubis on a standard. Offerings are grouped beneath the couch. The entire composition is surrounded by an architectural framework of palm leaf capitals supporting a triangular pdiment (now broken at the top). At the base, four lines of Greek text are lightly incised.

Provenance

By 1984: with Norman Hurst, Cambridge, MA; purchased by the MFA from Norman Hurst, June 13, 1984.

Credit Line

William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Fund