Exhibitions/ Art Object

Fragmentary Stele with Orant Monk

6th–7th century
Made in Egypt, Saqqara (?)
12 x 14 x 1 13/16 in. (30.5 x 35.6 x 4.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (BZ.1935.11)
Not on view
A haloed figure raises his hands in prayer. He wears the short cloak of a monk; the scarf may also be an item of monastic dress or of a deacon. His halo identifies him as a saint. The stele was originally covered with a thin layer of plaster and painted; the monk’s name might have been written on the unadorned rectangle over his head. The once full-length figure may have marked a grave or been a stone icon.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.