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Funerary Stela of C. Julius Valerius

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This funerary stela, the oldest in this exhibition by several centuries, shows a boy who died when he was three. His father, a Roman soldier, was stationed near Alexandria. His Egyptian mother is not mentioned. The child’s costume and pose are Roman, but his long sidelock of hair is traditionally Egyptian, as are the jackal god Anubis and the falcon god Horus above his head. The griffin in the lower right corner represents the classical goddess Nemesis, who controlled life and death.
MEDIUM Limestone, traces of paint
DATES 3rd century C.E.
PERIOD Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 14 3/16 x 10 1/16 x 2 3/16 in. (36 x 25.5 x 5.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 16.105
CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Funerary Stela of C. Julius Valerius, 3rd century C.E. Limestone, traces of paint, 14 3/16 x 10 1/16 x 2 3/16 in. (36 x 25.5 x 5.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.105. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 16.105_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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