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Limestone Stela: E.49.1901

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Current Location: Gallery 20


Limestone Stela




Round topped, two dogs, recumbent, inscribed. This votive relief was dedicated in honour of the cult of the Emperor Nero. The upper section of the stela is carved in an Egyptian style and the inscription is in Greek, the official language of Egypt during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 3.6 cm
Height: 24.9 cm
Width: 14.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates



54 AD - 68 AD

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ΚΑΙ ΣΥ
  • Location: Below winged sun disk
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Below jackals
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.49.1901
Primary reference Number: 50365
Oldadmincategory: SS
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 May 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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