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Funerary Stela with Boy Standing in a Niche

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The most common image of the deceased in pagan burials was a figure of a boy standing or seated in a niche. The seated boy here holds a dove and a bunch of grapes. These objects may also have been held by the standing figure, but his hands and especially his head have been recut and repainted in modern times. That is why those features appear to be in perfect condition, in contrast to the partially preserved color on his red robe.
MEDIUM Limestone, ancient and modern paint in ochre, dark terracotta, brown, black and flesh-tone
  • Place Found: Oxyrhynchus, Egypt
  • DATES 4th-5th century C.E.
    PERIOD Late Antique Egyptian Period
    DIMENSIONS 27 9/16 x 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in. (70 x 24.5 x 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Funerary Stela with Boy Standing in a Niche, 4th-5th century C.E. Limestone, ancient and modern paint in ochre, dark terracotta, brown, black and flesh-tone, 27 9/16 x 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in. (70 x 24.5 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.129. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE detail, CUR.58.129_detail04_ICA.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (in collaboration with Index of Christian Art, Princeton University), 2007
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