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Stele with cross and wreath

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This funerary stele is decorated with a cross encircled by a vegetal wreath. A Greek inscription runs along the top: EIC[theta]EOCOBOE[theta]OCC[sigma]ILOYHV (Eis theos o boethos sioueu?). The unusual use of "o" in the inscription may be used to divide the words in the inscription. Compare the...

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inscribed in Greek


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, Late Byzantine (Coptic) Period, 500–699


Height x width x depth (not including mount): 56 x 40 x 7.4 cm (22 1/16 x 15 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele