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Accession_Number E.23.2
adlib_title Egyptian: Nubian or Kasnit believed to belong to a distinctive group made at a workshop in abydos in the 7th century bc. stele
Shape Stele
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Material Limestone
Fabric Egyptian: Nubian or Kasnit
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Decoration Funerary stele with vulture wings surrounding the solar disk, common during the time period. Below the wings is the text of the stele, surviving intact. Two men are depicted adoring the god Re-Horakhty, whose presence is indicated not only by the uraeus and sun disk but also his name inscribed in the text. It has been suggested that the dress of the figures indicates that they are Nubians; this is confirmed by the oddity of their personal names. The sky is depicted above the winged disk, each end being supported by the symbol of the west (on the left, only the top of the feather survives) and the east (on the right, more or less complete). A signature, possibly belonging to Flinders Petrie has been found above the head of the right hand figure. There is only one viable interpretation possible, when one combines the depictions with the details found within the text. The stele depicts the man Serep and his son Tkr-Irt-Hrw, not as has been assumed Serep with his Ka. A personal Ka has no need of the title m33 khrw, which is a title of the deceased, thus two deceased are depicted. There is no question that Serep is a man as he is depicted in male dress and has the male symbol after his name. There is enough evidence to show that the stele was once painted. Red pigment on the sun disk of the god is the most apparent, though a similar (if not the same) is found in several of the hieroglyphics and on the deceased as well as faint traces on the column to the right. A yellow stain remains in the first two columns, which could be remains of the paint used to fill in the columns. The combination of colours matches well with the red pigment found in the glyphs.
Inscriptions The inscription reads: ‘Offerings which the king shall give to Re-Horakhty, the great god, lord of the sky, so he might give voice offerings of bread, beer, incense, cattle, fowl and everything good and pure for the Ka of the Osiris [i.e. the deceased] Serep, true of voice and his beloved son Irt-Heru, true of voice, revered one before the great god, lord of the sky’.
Condition Single fragment, preserving the top of the stele, chipped at the top, with several shallow scratches on the surface. One crack extends from the edge into the uraeus of Re-Horakhty.
Technique/Style Believed to belong to a distinctive group made at a workshop in Abydos in the 7th Century BC.
Provenance Abydos, 1906
Period 3rd Intermediate Period/Late Period: 25th-26th Dynasty
Date 747-656
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Above view of Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Egyptian Stele showing close-up of inscription
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Above view of Egyptian Stele showing the exposed stone due to breakage.
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Underside of Egyptian Stele
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Above view of Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing decoration.
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Detail of an Egyptian Funerary Stele showing signature
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Back of an Egyptian Funerary Stele.
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Back of an Egyptian Funerary Stele.
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Close up view of an Egyptian Funerary Stele.
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Close up view of an Egyptian Funerary Stele.
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Height 23.9
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Other_dims. W. 35.1; Th. 5.8
Location Egypt
Edited_by Leigh; N.J. West
Date_edited 01.08.2002; 12.12.2006
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