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Portrait stele of a woman

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This life-size tomb stela is one of about twenty, mostly from the city cemetery of el-Bahnasa (Oxyrhynchus) in Middle Egypt. El-Bahnasa was a wealthy and thriving community in the Roman Period, and is now best known as the source of thousands of papyri that cast a flood of light upon the daily...

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Probably from Oxyrhynchus (el-Bahasna). By 1972: with P. G. Sier, Hilversheim, Holland; 1972: purchased by the MFA from P. G. Sier, September 13, 1972.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Egyptian, Greco-Roman Period, 3rd to early 4th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 049.


Height x width x depth: 141 x 53 x 23 cm (55 1/2 x 20 7/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Limestone with traces of paint, carved


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele