Funerary Stele with Architectural Frame

Object Name: Stele

Date: 6th–7th century

Geography: Egypt

Culture: Coptic

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

Description

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.

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