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    Limestone stela; pediment at the top; panel of Greek text naming Moyses; cross below.

    Description in Hall:

    One akroterion broken off; gable contains two vine leaves. Panel with inscription, the name of the deceased: below this a cross pattée and two palm branches, signifying that he was martyred for the faith. Below this a rectangular panel containing a large cross with a P-loop on the right of the upper arm, forming the 'crux monogrammatica': in each of the four spaces between the arms is a simple incised cross; in two upper spaces α and ω also.


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    • Height: 65 centimetres (case)
    • Width: 40.2 centimetres (case)
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  • Bibliography

    • Hall 1905 p.134, Pl.94 bibliographic details
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    fair - 2 (18)

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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    • I.Brit.Mus.Copt. I 94:3 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
Limestone stela; pediment at the top; panel of Greek text naming Moyses; cross below.



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