Fragment of a Stela with a Military God

Roman Period

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.

Fragment of a Stela with a Military God, Steatite

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