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Stele with architectural and animal motifs

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The decoration of this funerary stele combines architectural features and symbolic animals. A bird, probably an eagle, is positioned in the center of the design. Below which are pilasters surmounted by arches, representing the gates of paradise. The carving is flat and unmodeled. However,...

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Said to be from Esna. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (04.1845-04.1848) for £21. (Accession date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Byzantine (Coptic) Period, 6th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 58.5 x 42 cm (23 1/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele