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funerary stela

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Title funerary stela
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Date 2008 - 1630 BCE
Description Round-topped funerary stela, crudely carved in raised relief.
In the lunette, which is not distinguished from upper register, there are two udjat-eyes on either side of a shen-symbol. On the left hand side of the upper register is a scene of a couple seated before an offering table. The woman is wearing a long wig and tight sheath dress with a strap over the left shoulder and the man is depicted wearing a broad collar and long kilt, sniffing a lotus. On the right hand side is a man offering a hes-vase.
On the lower register is one kneeling man and two kneeling women (dressed as the woman in the upper register), with three columns of inscription on the right hand side. The hieroglyphs read retrograde to the right.
There are traces of red paint remaining on the men's bodies.
There are no names inscribed on the stela; it is possible that the names might originally have been painted on.
Description Source Birch, S. 1880. Catalogue of the Collection of Egyptian Antiquities at Alnwick Castle, London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor, p. 277-278
Cultural Context Egyptian
Id Number Former Accession N1944
Inscription Egyptian, hieroglyphic, incised on front
Location Creation Site Misr
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject architecture, architectural element, stela, funerary, votive, woman, man
Measurements 20.3 x 26.5 cm
Context Dated to 12th Dynasty by Birch.
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period Middle Kingdom
Work Type stela



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