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Round-Topped Stela Amenemhat

This stela depicts Sobek, the crocodile god, wearing an elaborate crown and standing on a high pedestal or altar beneath the curved roof of a shrine. Sobek's offering table is piled high with bread, meat, green onions, and a bouquet of lotuses. The stela's donor, identified as Amunemhat, a foot soldier in the "Company of Menkheperre [Thutmose III]," kneels in adoration. Foreign victories enriched both the king and his army and may have enabled Amunemhat to pay for this small but carefully worked stela, which he dedicated in Sobke's temple at Dahamsha (ancient Sumenu) in southern Egypt.


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