Top of an Arch with a Nymph Riding a Sea Monster
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.
5th-6th century C.E.
Late Antique Period
18 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 14 3/8 in. (46 x 79 x 36.5 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Top of an Arch with a Nymph Riding a Sea Monster, 5th-6th century C.E. Limestone, pigment, 18 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 14 3/8 in. (46 x 79 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.1226. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1226.jpg)
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