Stele with architectural and animal motifs

Egyptian
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
6th–7th century A.D.


Dimensions

Height x width: 58.5 x 42 cm (23 1/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.1845

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

The decoration of this funerary stele combines architectural features and symbolic animals. A bird, probably an eagle, is positioned in the center of the design. Below which are pilasters surmounted by arches, representing the gates of paradise. The carving is flat and unmodeled. However, the stele was originally covered in paint and modeled plaster.

Provenance

Said to be from Esna. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (04.1845-04.1848) for £21.
(Accession date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund