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Funerary Stela

Place of production Abydos (?), Egypt
Date 7th-6th centuries B.C.
Object type stela
Medium, technique Limestone, paint

30 x 23 cm

Inventory number 51.2151
Collection Egyptian Art
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Ancient Egypt, Temples and gods

The lower part of the painted limestone stela is fragmentary, its surface is eroded and dirty, however, the traces of the former colouring can be observed well. The lunette is decorated with a winged sun disc adorned with uraeus-snakes which is separated from the pictorial field below by a decorative band with a stellar pattern. The right side of the offering scene presents a female figure wearing a long festive dress and holding her arms in adoration. In front of her a mummiform, falcon-headed deity is depicted with a sceptre in his hand and atef-crown on his head. According to the short label text, the deity is the sun god Re-Harakhty. There is a richly provided offering table between the two figures. Below the scene is a heavily damaged hieroglyphic inscription in six lines, opening with a standard offering formula. The funerary stela once belonged to a woman called Ta-di-Iset (“She who was given by the goddess Isis”).

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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