Column drum

Roman Imperial Period, reign of Augustus
30 B.C. to A.D. 14


Overall: 55 x 54 cm, 294.8 kg (21 5/8 x 21 1/4 in., 649.9 lb.) Case (Painte wooden pedestal ): 91.8 x 82.9 x 82.9 cm (36 1/8 x 32 5/8 x 32 5/8 in.) Case (Plex-glass): 100 x 78.7 x 78.7 cm (39 3/8 x 31 x 31 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Sandstone with paint and traces of gold leaf

On View

Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)


The Ancient World


Columns and capitals

The two scenes executed in sunk relief on this column drum both show the emperor Augustus presenting offerings to deities. On one side he offers a double libation to Osiris and Isis, and on the other side he offers incense to Min and Nephthys. The scene are complete except for the lower part, from the knees down.


From Koptos. May-June 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: divsion of finds with Egyptian government.
(Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition