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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.53
Title
Section of an Architectural Frieze
Classification
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
Date
5th Century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Coptic
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/291103
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Limestone
Technique
Relief
Dimensions
34.7 x 57.5 cm (13 11/16 x 22 5/8 in.)
Provenance
Unknown, formerly of the Kevorkian Collection.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian
Accession Year
1975
Object Number
1975.41.53
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Section of an architectural frieze decorated in relief. Continuous vine scroll forms loops and has spiney foliate tendrils which continue from the ends of vine offshoots. Within the loops are the foreparts of animals. In this preserved section of the frieze, a hare with head turned back populates one loop, and a charging gazelle or antelope the other. Both preserved animals have stippled hides. A plain, narrow fillet borders the bottom edge of the block.
Publication History

Mary McWilliams and Jochen Sokoly, Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, February 22, 2022), pp. 102-03, cat. 20

Exhibition History

Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/22/2022 - 05/08/2022

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