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The sculpture was purchased in Cairo by soldiers of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade during WW II. The stele comes from the Christian site in Lower Nubia (present day Egypt) in Ginari Tafah. The tombstone is topped with an imitation of a conch. Traces of dark red paint on the tombstone indicate that it must have been painted originally. The epitaph begins with the formula declaring the death of the person called Elisabeth.

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The sculpture was purchased in Cairo by soldiers of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade during WW II. The stele comes from the Christian site in Lower Nubia (present day Egypt) in Ginari Tafah. The tombstone is topped with an imitation of a conch. Traces of dark red paint on the tombstone indicate that it must have been painted originally. The epitaph begins with the formula declaring the death of the person called Elisabeth. This formula is restricted exclusively to epitaphs from Nubia. The prayer in 6–9 lines is placed on the remaining two tombstones from Ginari, which are a part of the collection of the Archaeological Museum of Kraków. It is assumed that it was typical of epitaphs from Lower Nubia. The necropolis is situated several dozen kilometres south of Aswan. The American archaeologist Cecil Mallaby Firth, who was the first person to conduct excavations in this area in 1908–1909, discovered about 5000 tombs, of which only 51 had steles bearing Greek inscriptions. Only seven specimens have been preserved, three of which belong to the Archaeological Museum of Kraków and are presented on our website .

Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved

See also other steles from Ginari Tafah in our collection:
Tomb stele from Ginari Tafah 2

Tomb stele from Ginari Tafah 3

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Tomb stele from Ginari Tafah

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