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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.83
Title
Pilaster Capital
Classification
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
Date
late 6th century to early 7th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Coptic
Location
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Limestone
Technique
Relief
Dimensions
46 x 80 x 23 cm (18 1/8 x 31 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.)
Provenance
Unknown, formerly of the Kevorkian Collection. Said to be from Bawit.
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
1975.41.83
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Engaged pilaster capital decorated in blocky relief. Central stylized chalice with monogram ΙΩΑΝΟΥ flanked by peacocks. The peacocks perch on acanthus leaves that also decorate the space behind their tails. Above the birds is a vine with several attached grape clusters and leaves.
Publication History

"Pagan and Christian Egypt: Egyptian Art from the First to the Tenth Century A.D." (1941), Brooklyn Museum, p. 25, no. 49, ill.

Exhibition History

Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2019 - 01/05/2020

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