Column drum

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

Object Place: Egypt, Koptos


Height x diameter: 64cm (25 3/16in.) x 49cm (19 5/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted sandstone

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Columns and capitals

Sunk relief. Sandstone with gesso and traces of red, gold, pale blue, and black pigments. Pigments preserved primarily on upper part. Top register (partial): Vultures or falcons, kheker-frieze, vertical cartouches; second register: striped band; third register: text band; lower register (incomplete): 15 columns of text. Cartouches of Augustus.


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