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8. , 1g55), p. 17, no. 41 and p. ). ). He shows much the same facial type as Christ, and although he appears to be even more youthful he would, if erect, be a figure of about the same height. Both his hands reach forward towards the Saviour whose miracle-working arm he seems about to clasp. Actually, however, the blind man's left hand, of which only one finger is visible behind Christ's arm, must be assumed to be holding the top end of the heavy gnarled stick the outlines of which are incised on the empty ground between the two figures.

The sigma shape is one of the common forms of tables in general, and, as we have seen, tables were widely used also in funerary contexts (see supra, notes 21-28). Table tops from cemeteries, especially when broken, were ready-made material for re-use as tomb inscriptions. A fragment of a table slab with relief border in the Hermitage in Leningrad also bears a-presumably secondary-Coptic inscription (Michon, op. cit. [1916], p. , no. 28), but I have not been able t o ascertain whether this is of a funerary character.

30). 1Q Most scholars who have discussed the possible uses of these table tops have based their theses on this premise, a t least so far as the examples with Christian subjects are concerned. 0. Wulff suggested that they have to do with the agape (Konigliche Museen z u Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epoche. Altchristliche, mittelalterliche byzantinische u n d italienische Bildwerke, I [Berlin, 19091, p. 11, no. 21); Mendel seems to have thought that both the pagan and the Christian examples were connected chiefly with the cult of the dead (op.

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