Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragment of a Stela with a Military God

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
A.D. 2nd–4th century
Geography:
Possibly from Egypt; Said to be from Southern Upper Egypt, Armant (Iuny, Hermonthis)
Medium:
Steatite
Dimensions:
H. 17 x 4 x 7.5 cm
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.2.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
Beneath an arch supported on square pillars, only one of which is preserved, stands a frontal figure in military dress. He holds a partially broken spear in his right hand and a short attribute in his left. At the lower right are the remains of the feet, legs, and spread wings of what is presumably an eagle.

Military gods were especially popular in the Roman Period. In particular, some Egyptian gods who traditionally bore falcon heads now appeared in the guise of soldiers or soldier-emperors.
Purchased by the Museum in Luxor, 1924.

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