Architectural fragment or stela



Accession Number
EC272
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Stone case
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural element, Stela
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 350mm | Width: 285mm | Depth: 130mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Falcon/hawk

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Description

An architectural fragment or stela. A sun disc is over the door with uraeus snakes protecting it. Horus, in hawk form, is immediately above the door wearing the double crown. To the left of him is a winged sun disc. While this may be part of a tomb, e.g. a naiskos, similar items have been found on domestic sites. Those at Medinet Habu were found in the debris, and thus their purpose was unknown. A similar example was also found in a house at Palmyria dating from second-third century AD

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 207] Hölscher, U. 1954. 'The Excavation of Medinet Habu -Volume V. The Post-Ramessid Remains' p60 and plate 37. Coptos : L'Egypte antique aux portes du désert - Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 3 février - 7 mai 2000. Paris - Réunion des musées nationaux ; Lyon : Musée des beaux-arts, 2000 page 137).