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Stela of a Priest of Amun Named An

A low-ranking priest named An dedicated this modest stela to both the goddess Hathor, "Chief One of Thebes," and to the Eleventh Dynasty king Montuhotep II (circa 2008–1957 B.C.). Hathor appears as a cow, representing her nurturing aspect. An, who is not represented, may have bought the stela ready-made and simply had his name added to it. He probably placed it in a shrine at Deir el Bahri, where both Hathor and Montuhotep II were venerated.

Catalogue Description:
An, the owner, is not represented on this little stela, which shows only the Hathor cow and the king. An may have bought it readymade, and had only his name added.


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