Column drum

Roman Imperial Period, reign of Claudius
A.D. 41–54


Legacy dimension: H. 57 cm x Diameter 61 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted sandstone

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Columns and capitals

Raised relief. Sandstone with gesso and traces of red and gold pigment. Top register (incomplete: two scenes, Claudius before Min and goddess; Claudius before unidentified god and goddess. Lower part of figures (legs and feet) only. Second register: text band, with four border lines beneath. Bottom register (incomplete), rekhyt birds, vertical cartouches rosettes, triangular plant elements. Cartouches of Claudius. Drum from near base of column.


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