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Raised relief. Sandstone with gesso and traces of red, pale blue, and gold pigments. Top register: text band; second register, decorative band; lower register, 17 columns of text.


From Koptos. May-June 1923, excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: divsion of finds with Egyptian government. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, reign of Augustus,

Object Place

Koptos, Egypt


Height x diameter: 41cm (16 1/8in.) x 54cm (21 1/4in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted sandstone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Columns and capitals