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Funerary Stele with Architectural Frame

Object Name:
Stele
Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Limestone; carved and painted
Dimensions:
H. 20 11/16 in. (52.5 cm) W. 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.2.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Funerary stelae from the Byzantine period in Egypt, carved in stone and usually painted, were permanent monuments to the deceased. While normally embedded in walls or floors near the tomb, some were part of larger structures. Their decorations include scenes of paradise and symbols of the Christian Church. This example, said to be from the Upper Nile Delta town of Armant, bears the name of a prominent citizen who was buried near the marker.
Inscription: Inscribed in Coptic: To the memory of the deceased, Taeiam, who departed from this life on the eighteenth of Choiak [December] of the seventh indiction [a city’s fiscal calendar]. She sleeps in Christ.
Unknownowner, Thebes, Egypt; sold to MMA
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