Stela of Tsanna
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
These two Christian stelae, made after the Arabs conquered Egypt in 642 c.e., reflect new styles from the East. The larger example (71.39.1), which has lost its top section, would have decorated a tomb wall much like the woven wall hangings in homes. Here, exuberant vegetal motifs almost submerge the small crosses. The round-topped stela (69.74.2), which has two lionlike animals in Eastern style and no Christian symbols at all, was made for a woman whose name, Suzanna, indicates that she was Christian. Her father’s name, Pachons, suggest that he was not Christian, a possibility that may explain the lack of Christian imagery here.
8th century C.E.
Umayyad Period to Tulunid Period
17 11/16 x 13 3/8 x 3 5/16 in. (45 x 34 x 8.4 cm)
Epitaph in Coptic, "Tsanna [Suzanne] (daughter of) Pachôns," as translated by the Index of Christian Art.
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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