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Artefact ID718
Findspot (DEChriM ID)15   (al-Baǧawāt)
ClassFunerary element, Textual
Writing mediumDipinto
Text contentSubliterary

Cipriano 2003: 280: Funerary inscription.

Next to two cruces ansatae, one name written in majuscule: "Diogenēs", with accents on the short vowels.

Selection criteriaChristian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from375
Date to425
Dating criteria

The integration of the dipinto into the decoration (perfect identity of colour noted by Cipriano) and architecture of the chapel makes it part of the original use of the chapel. Dated end 4th or early 5th c. by Cipriano.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Chapel no. 89, on the wall facing the entrance, at 1,87 m high from the pavement, on the right side of the central niche.

Acc. to Fakhry 1951: 137, Chapel no. 89 belong to the old type 4, opening East. All the walls are coated with a layer of white plaster and a double board line of two shades of red colour is painted on the walls. Over every niche and in the pendentives there are cruces ansatae painted in red.

Accession number

Al-Baǧawāt, in situ (Chapel no. 89).


Editio princeps

•  Cipriano, Giuseppina. 2003. El-Bagawat. Un cimitero paleocristiano nell'alto Egitto. Rivista di archeologia cristiana (RAC) 79. Todi, 280-282.

Additional bibliography

• Fakhry, Ahmed. 1951. The Necropolis of El-Bagawat in Kharga Oasis. Cairo: Government press, 137, no. 89. 

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 718", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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