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    Round-topped limestone stela of Taia; triangular floral design containing two birds; Greek text below.

    Description in Hall:

    Degredation of temple 'in antis' type. There is alteration of the four pilasters. The rings around the bases of the capitals have become joined, and form a continuous band. The bases, as large as the columns themselves between capital and base, are each ornamented with three beads. The gable is very high, and has a deeply cut foliated design: in each exergue is a dove holding an 'ankh'. Akroteria disproportionately small and unornamented. Inscription at base in Greek.


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 centimetres (case)
    • Width: 32.3 centimetres (case)
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      • Inscription Translation

        "Taia (died) the 17th of the month Mekher" (sic).
  • Bibliography

    • Hall 1905 p.135, Pl.97 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair - 2 (12)

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • I.Brit.Mus.Copt. I 97:2 (text edition abbreviation according to Oates et al 2001)
Round-topped limestone stela of Taia; triangular floral design containing two birds; Greek text below.



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