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Column capital fragment

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This squarish block has decoration on 2 adjoining sides, executed in high relief and depicting vegetal motifs. It is perfectly flat on the top and the bottom. Similar capitals are found at late antique ecclesiastical sites in Egypt and Syria.

Provenance

From Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleoplis Magna), House L. 1903-1904: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; 1905, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: January 1, 1905)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period, A.D. 500

Findspot

Ihnasya el-Medina, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 19 x 23.5 x 17.5 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

05.286

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements