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Fragment of a Stela with a Military God
A.D. 2nd–4th century
From Egypt, Southern Upper Egypt, Armant (Erment; Hermonthis) possibly
H. 17 x 4 x 7.5 cm
Rogers Fund, 1925
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.
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