Funerary Stela with Male Figure
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
In this stela, an oddly proportioned naked male figure stands within a columned structure, reaching up to touch an ornamented laurel wreath on his head. In his other hand, he holds a laurel sprig. A Greek inscription along the roof line reads “Olympios, twenty-eight years of age.” This name and the laurel leaves suggest that the owner was a pagan. But the ankh-cross above the capital on the right suggests that this stela may later have been reused for a Christian burial.
Limestone, traces of white (underpainting?), red pigment
ca. 500-600 C.E., or later
Late Antique Egyptian Period
14 3/4 x 11 7/16 x 4 1/4 in. (37.4 x 29 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
Coptic inscription: "Olympios, 28 years of age"
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Funerary Stela with Male Figure, ca. 500-600 C.E., or later. Limestone, traces of white (underpainting?), red pigment, 14 3/4 x 11 7/16 x 4 1/4 in. (37.4 x 29 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 40.301. Creative Commons-BY
. Brooklyn Museum photograph (in collaboration with Index of Christian Art, Princeton University), 2007
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