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Stela with Amun-Re and a Gander

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Sandstone, pigment
  • Possible Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1295–1185 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 19
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7 5/16 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/16 in. (18.5 x 13 x 5.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Round-topped sandstone stela in painted sunk-relief of Pth-m'y. The stela is divided into two registers. The upper register shows Amon R' seated before two offering stands. The god wears the double-plumed crown (swty) which is painted white, outlined and cross-hatched in red, with trailing red fillets. The lower part of the crown is painted a brownish yellow, slightly different in color from the stone itself. The face, arms and legs are painted a dark blue. The god wears a wsh-collar, the upper part painted the same brown-yellow used on the crown, the lower part of the collar a pale green, the whole outlined and delineated in red. The upper part of the god's garment is a pale green color, distinct from the knee length kilt below with its pleats indicated in red. The god holds a w3s-sceptre in his far hand and the traces of an ankh sign appear in his near. The throne upon which he sits has a low back and is painted blue, white and red, the whole composition manifesting the hieroglyph hwt for temple. Before the god are two offering-stands, each surmounted by a jar and a long-stemmed lotus blossom. Opposite and facing the god stands a large goose upon a shrine. The goose, an obvious manifestation of Amun, is brightly painted red, black, blue and green. An open ostrich-feather fan appears behind and above the goose's back. Above the two figures are four columns of text. "May the beautiful goose, one great of love, (namely) Amon-Re, hear (my) prayer." The lower register shows Pth-m'y standing before an offering table. At the right side of the stela facing left, he holds a censer in his near hand and pours a libation into a lotus cup on the ground with his far hand. Pth-m'y wears a short wig, a wsh-collar painted white and green, and a shendyt-kilt painted white with the pleats and border indicated in red. A single column of hieroglyphs separates the figure from the offering table which bears three jars, two of which are similar to each other. Surmounting the jars is a large basket bearing three offerings, two of which are round loaves of bread and the third of which is enigmatic but might represent a hps-leg. A single line of inscription. Condition: The painting is done with great attention to detail. The sandstone, of somewhat inferior quality makes the reading of some signs difficult but nonetheless certain.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Stela with Amun-Re and a Gander, ca. 1295–1185 B.C.E. Sandstone, pigment, 7 5/16 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/16 in. (18.5 x 13 x 5.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.265E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.265E_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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