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Architectural Fragment with Relief Carving

A work made of wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood.


5th–6th century


Byzantine; Egypt

About this artwork

The shallow relief and energetic intertwining of plants and animals in this wooden beam are typical of Coptic art from Egypt at this time. The animated figures of a dog, a fox, and two rabbits are enclosed in medallions. The animals face each other in pairs, and the space around them is filled with floral designs. This fragment was once part of an architectural structure, most likely a door, a window, or the beam of a ceiling.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Egyptian


Architectural Fragment with Relief Carving


Ancient Egypt (Object made in)

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401 CE–600 CE




16.5 × 64.5 × 4.5 cm (6 1/2 × 25 1/2 × 1 3/4 in.)

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Orrin W. Potter Memorial Fund

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