Part of an Arch with the Nile God and Earth Goddess
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
In pagan Egyptian tombs, the deceased was often identified with suitable figures in Greco-Roman mythology. This was particularly apparent in the relief decoration of arches designed to curve out and over the heads of visitors to the public part of the tomb. Like the fragmentary examples here, they might show the god of the Nile to recall an authoritative family man, or a nymph to symbolize a young woman. Some wall reliefs, such as the example here showing Hercules as a mature hero, probably served the same commemorative purpose.
Limestone, traces of paint
5th-6th century C.E.
Late Antique Period
18 1/8 x 26 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (46 x 66.5 x 24.5 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Part of an Arch with the Nile God and Earth Goddess, 5th-6th century C.E. Limestone, traces of paint, 18 1/8 x 26 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (46 x 66.5 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.891. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.891_PS2.jpg)
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