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Funeral Stele

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Description This piece is a rectangular, round-topped stela, its images carved in low raised relief, while it's inscription is carved in sunk relief. It depicts the deceased and his wife seated before an offering table, facing to the left. The male wears a collar and a long kilt and has a shaved head, while his wife wears a long, narrow, strapless garment, and an elaborate wig surmounted with a cone of fat. He holds a lotus blossom to his nose, while his wife places her hands on him in a loving gesture. On the opposite side of the table is a sem-priest holding a closed "Hst" (water)-vase. Above these three people, in the curved portion of the stela, is a symmetrical image: two recumbent Anubis-jakals (one has Inp-"Anubis" written above his back), each sitting upon a shrine, facing each other. Between them is the hieroglyph for "imnt"-meaning the "West" (i.e. the Necropolis). Behind each of the jackals is a "wDAt"-eye, and above the left jackal is preserved a "Sn" hieroglyph (symbolizing protection) on top of a cup/basket hieroglyph. There are remnants of red and black pigment on the stela. The stela was broken into two large fragments and the top right corner is broken off; large metal staples and plaster have been added. There is an odd-looking divot between the back of the female and the back of the chair.
Date Description Narrative
7/24/2003Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
  • Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [claimed from Abydos]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Text damaged during conversion: 1) htp [di] ny-swt wsir nb ddw ntrw nbw dt di=sn 2) ax m pp (sic) xr ra wsr m ta pa (sic) xr gb maa-xrw m 3) xrt-ntr xr wsir qb m irp irtt ssp 4) n pw sbw/dfaw m r-staw iw xtxt m-bah nbw hr sms ka tawyw (sic) ra nb 5) n (sic) xr; [Translation] An offering which the king gives to Osiris, lord of Busiris and the gods, the lords of eternity, so that they may give - (being) glorious in heaven before Re, powerful on the earth before Geb, and justified in the necropolis before Osiris - cold (water), with wine and milk, receiving food-offerings in Ro-Setau, coming and going in the presence of the lords, following the ka of the two lands everyday to the...
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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1400-1350 BCE (?) (New Kingdom (?))
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H: 22 1/16 in. (56 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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