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Stela

Object Number:
40-19-2
Current Location:
Egypt (Mummies) Gallery
Provenience:
Egypt
Abydos
Locus:
Cemetery
Period:
New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty
Date Made:
1292-1190 BC
Early Date:
-1292
Late Date:
-1190
Section:
Egyptian
Materials:
Limestone
Iconography:
Funeral
Man
Woman
Osiris
Isis
Horus
Coffin
Anubis
Goddess
Sycamore
Ba Bird
Description:
Funerary stelae such as this one were set up inside chapels dedicated to the deceased. Typically, stelae would depict the deceased and various family members. The text on the stelae would contain prayers for offerings in the afterlife. This stela is divided into three registers. In the uppermost resister, the deceased, a man named Shuamay stands with his wife in adoration before the god Osiris. Behind Osiris are Isis and their son, Horus. The middle register is divided into two parts. On the right, Shuamay and his wife bring offerings to his parents. The scene on the left shows the deceased undergoing the “Opening of the Mouth” ritual prior to burial. A priest in the form of Anubis attends to the coffin. At the bottom Shuamay is seated together with his ba (shown as a human headed bird), receiving libations of water from the goddess Nut who appears in the sycamore tree.
Height:
104cm
Width:
70cm
Depth:
7.75cm
Credit Line:
Exchange with Kevorkian

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Searching for Ancient Egypt: (1997 - 1997)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Silverman, David P. 1997. Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 282-83
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[Book] The Artifacts of Ancient Egypt. : Page/Fig./Plate: 69
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