Stela of Lady Horemheb
Not all funerary stelae made for women were as modest as this one, which was not carved but decorated only with paint. This example is shaped like a shrine, with an architectural molding and cornice, and an offering sign consisting of a loaf of bread on a mat. A pair of wedjat-eyes, symbolic of wholeness and protection, surmounts this composition underneath a short prayer to Osiris, god of the dead, for the "Mistress of the House," Horemheb.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Excavated: Hagara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 24 7/16 x 15 5/8 x 5 11/16 in. (62 x 39.7 x 14.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 14.669
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Stela of Lady Horemheb, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 24 7/16 x 15 5/8 x 5 11/16 in. (62 x 39.7 x 14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 14.669. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Limestone funerary stela of the Lady Horemheb with ink inscription and cavetto cornice painted on in ink. Two large wadjet eyes painted on lower part of stela. Torus molding. Condition: Fair. Entire surface coated with wax by Petrie just after excavation. Edges chipped. Stone soft at edges.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)