Stele with architectural and animal motifs
Byzantine (Coptic) Period
6th–7th century A.D.
Height x width: 58.5 x 42 cm (23 1/16 x 16 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Emily Esther Sears Fund