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Incised cube

Cube with incised christian markings, purchased from local nadirs. Images on cube:a haloed saint; a Byzantine monogram;a second Byzantine monogram; a third Byzantine monogram; a cross; a bird. Stamps used by monastic communities or Byzantine imperial workshops often featured similar...

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Provenance

From Nubia, Mergissa (fort). 1931: purchased from locals. The site was excavated in 1892 by Sir Henry Lyons and in 1962-1969 by Jean Vercoutter.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Byzantine, Byzantine (Coptic) Period,

Object Place for Label

Nubia (Sudan)

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Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 3.3 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 5/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.1905

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown