Architectural Fragment with Relief Carving

A work made of wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

5th–6th century AD

Artist:

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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Architectural Fragment with Relief Carving

Origin

Ancient Egypt

Date

401 AD–600 AD

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Orrin W. Potter Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1930.976

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