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The Martyrdom of St. Thekla

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.
CULTURE Coptic
MEDIUM Limestone, traces of paint
DATES 6th century C.E., perhaps with modern reworking
PERIOD Late Antique Period
DIMENSIONS 13 3/16 x 23 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (33.5 x 59 x 13.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 40.299
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Coptic. The Martyrdom of St. Thekla, 6th century C.E., perhaps with modern reworking. Limestone, traces of paint, 13 3/16 x 23 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (33.5 x 59 x 13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 40.299. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 40.299_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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The Martyrdom of St. Thekla