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Raised relief. Sandstone with gesso and traces of red pigment. Two scenes from same incomplete register: Augustus before Min and Horus and before Geb and Nut. Upper part of figures preserved (from shoulders up). Cartouches of Augustus.


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, 30 B.C.–A.D. 14

Object Place

Koptos, Egypt


Height x diameter: 42cm (16 9/16in.) x 57cm (22 7/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted sandstone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Columns and capitals