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Funerary Stela with Architectural Frame

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Funerary Stela with Architectural Frame
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 700
Creation Date: 500?700
Creation Place: Probably from Armant, Egypt
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Limestone with red, green, and black paint
Dimensions: 20 11/16 x 14 9/16 in. (52.5 x 37 cm)
Inscriptions: Inscribed in Coptic: To the memory of the deceased, Taeiam, who departed from this life on the eighteenth of Choiak [December] of the seventh indiction. She sleeps in Christ.
Description: Funerary stelae from the Byzantine period in Egypt, carved in stone and usually painted, were permanent monuments to the deceased. While normally embedded in walls or floors near the tomb, some were part of larger structures. Their decorations include scenes of paradise and symbols of the Christian Church. This example, said to be from the Upper Nile Delta town of Armant, bears the name of a prominent citizen who was buried near the marker.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 36.2.6
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1936
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.36.2.6
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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