Funerary Stela


From: Egypt | Nubia | Aniba

Curatorial Section: Egyptian

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Object Number E11367
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Egypt | Nubia | Aniba
Locus An 7, Tomb Chapel
Period New Kingdom | Twentieth Dynasty
Date Made 1190 - 1075 BCE
Section Egyptian
Materials Sandstone
Iconography Re-Horakhty | Maat | Osiris | Isis

This stela comes from the tomb of a man named Mery who was the Overseer of the King's Treasury in Nubia. Mery was buried with his wife, Taweretherity. She was a Songstress of Amun.In the upper row, on the left, Mery faces the falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhty and his daughter, Maat. On the right Mery stands before the god Osiris, the primary funerary deity. Standing behind Osiris is his wife, Isis. Osiris is depicted with green skin due to his associations with vegetation and regeneration. In the lower row Mery and his wife, seated before a table of offerings, receive incense and water libation from their children. The hieroglyphic text below contains a hymn to the sun god. Across the top and continuing down the sides are two prayers to Osiris and Re-Horakhty. The stela is topped with a molded cornice decorated with palm leaves. A complete break in the stone runs diagonally through the upper section of the inscribed face. All of the well-preserved colors are original.

Height 153.03 cm
Length 93.98 cm
Width 0 cm
Depth 25.4 cm
Credit Line The Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition to Nubia, Aniba; D. Randall-MacIver and C. L. Wooley, 1911

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