Frieze of Animals in Plant Scrolls
The walls of both pagan and Christian tombs were decorated with friezes, usually composed of twined stems forming loops, which typically enclosed animals. The largest piece here, an unusually fine example, shows predators, possibly a boar and a hyena, chasing an antelope and perhaps a dog. These chases continued to the right, where traces of what may be a spotted leopard remain. Two plant loops on a smaller relief enclose fruits and a fanciful animal. Rather different are two parts of a frieze that featured naked women lounging in front of large plants. The figures have been repainted, but the bird held by one of them must depict the swan form in which the god Jupiter seduced Leda. Thus this frieze must have decorated a pagan monument.
- Medium: Limestone, paint
- Possible Place Made: Herakleopolis Magna, Egypt
- Dates: 4th century C.E.
- Period: Roman and Byzantine Periods
- Dimensions: 14 3/8 x 50 3/16 x 4 5/8 in. (36.5 x 127.5 x 11.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 41.1266
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Frieze of Animals in Plant Scrolls, 4th century C.E. Limestone, paint, 14 3/8 x 50 3/16 x 4 5/8 in. (36.5 x 127.5 x 11.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.1266. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (70%)