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Stela of Senres and Hormose

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Both this funerary stela and the adjacent one, illustrate a popular Dynasty 18 type. The rounded top represents the sun's path across the dome of the sky. A pair of wedjat-eyes—symbols of the sun and moon as well as of wholeness—frame a shen-ring, representing the sun's universal, cyclical course. The stela's owner Senres is shown sniffing a lotus, an emblem of eternal rebirth, while accepting food offerings. Senres's wife, Hormes, is depicted grasping his arm in a gesture of intimacy. The offering prayer below ends by stating that Hormes commissioned this stela for her husband.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Upper Egypt, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 16 7/8 x 8 5/16 x 1 5/8 in. (42.9 x 21.1 x 4.2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Round top limestone funerary stela of the attendant Sn(.j?)-rs'(.w) (Senresew) and his wife Hr-ms' (Hormes) seated before a small table of offerings. Five lines of hieroglyphic text below comprising conventional offering formula.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Stela of Senres and Hormose, ca. 1539–1425 B.C.E. Limestone, 16 7/8 x 8 5/16 x 1 5/8 in. (42.9 x 21.1 x 4.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 07.420. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 07.420_SL3.jpg)
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