Bust of a Saint
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
It is probable that these four examples of Christian art were made for religious buildings rather than tombs. The capital, which would have decorated the top of a small column, has slots to hold the walls of a chapel. The bust of an unnamed saint, shown blessing his viewers, may represent the patron saint of a church or monastery. The pair of reliefs shows saints who are little known today. St. Sissinios is apparently shown killing his sister, whose daughter had been taken over by the devil. St. Thekla, who was converted to Christianity by St. Paul, is being martyred by two crudely rendered lions.
4th-5th century C.E.
Late Antique Egyptian Period
8 1/4 x 10 15/16 x 4 1/8 in. (21 x 27.8 x 10.5 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Bust of a Saint, 4th-5th century C.E. Limestone, pigment, 8 1/4 x 10 15/16 x 4 1/8 in. (21 x 27.8 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.2.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.2.3_view1_PS2.jpg)
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