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The stela with deceased shown in prayer in the inly such example among the objects from Kom Abou Billou in Polish collections. The style of a stela, dated to 300 based on the archeological context, is similar, although not exactly the same. Modeling of the details of the figure and of the dress suggests an earlier dating for this object.

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The deceased shown frontally with hands raised in prayer, the palms turned toward the viewer. Right leg in profile, left depicted frontally. Sitting jackals on both sides. The boy is dressed in a short-sleeved, richly folded chiton and a himation rolled obliquely across the chest. The end of the mantle falls loosely from the left shoulder. Big protuberant eyes look out of a round face, Short incised hair. 
An inscription at the bottom, between two engraved lines:
“Bes, 5 years old He died in the month of Hathyr [---]”
The stela with deceased shown in prayer in the inly such example among the objects from Kom Abou Billou in Polish collections. The style of a stela, dated to 300 based on the archeological context, is similar, although not exactly the same. Modeling of the details of the figure and of the dress suggests an earlier dating for this object.
 

Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum of Kraków), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, translated by Iwona Zych, © all rights reserved

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Stela of Bes from Kom Abu Billou

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