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Fragment of pilaster

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This block is the top of a pilaster. It is executed in very high relief and has a vegetal motif. It likly came from an ecclesiastical context.


From Ihnasya el-Medina. 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)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

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


Ihnasya el-Medina, Egypt


Overall: 33.5 x 44 x 17 cm (13 3/16 x 17 5/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements