These two Christian stelae, made after the Arabs conquered Egypt in 642 c.e., reflect new styles from the East. The larger example (71.39.1), which has lost its top section, would have decorated a tomb wall much like the woven wall hangings in homes. Here, exuberant vegetal motifs almost submerge the small crosses. The round-topped stela (69.74.2), which has two lionlike animals in Eastern style and no Christian symbols at all, was made for a woman whose name, Suzanna, indicates that she was Christian. Her father’s name, Pachons, suggest that he was not Christian, a possibility that may explain the lack of Christian imagery here.
This text refers to these objects: ' 71.39.1; 69.74.2
- Culture: Coptic
- Medium: Limestone, traces of plaster
- Possible Place Collected: Esna, Egypt
- Dates: 7th - 8th century C.E.
- Period: Late Antique Egyptian Period
- Dimensions: 35 7/16 x 18 7/8 x 2 9/16 in. (90 x 48 x 6.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 71.39.1
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Coptic. Fragmentary Stela, 7th - 8th century C.E. Limestone, traces of plaster, 35 7/16 x 18 7/8 x 2 9/16 in. (90 x 48 x 6.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 71.39.1. Creative Commons-BY
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