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Funerary Stela with Boy Seated 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
DATES 4th–5th century C.E.
PERIOD Late Antique Period
DIMENSIONS 26 9/16 x 12 5/8 x 6 3/16 in. (67.5 x 32 x 15.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Coptic. Funerary Stela with Boy Seated in a Niche, 4th–5th century C.E. Limestone, ancient and modern paint, 26 9/16 x 12 5/8 x 6 3/16 in. (67.5 x 32 x 15.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 71.39.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 71.39.2_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 71.39.2_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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