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Funerary Stele with Ankh (Looped Cross) Featuring a Human Face at the Center

Object Name:
Stele
Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 23 5/8 in. (60 cm)
W. 12 5/8 in. (32.2 cm)
D. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.176.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
The ankh was an ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal life, used in the Byzantine period in Egypt as an alternative form of the cross.
[ Michael Casira, Cairo, until 1910; sold to MMA]
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