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.
- Medium: Granite
- Place Found: Dahamsha, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 9 7/16 x 3 9/16 in. (34.9 x 24 x 9 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: 66.174.2
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Round-Topped Stela Amenemhat, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Granite, 13 3/4 x 9 7/16 x 3 9/16 in. (34.9 x 24 x 9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.174.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Black granite round-topped stela with sunk relief representation and incised inscriptions. In upper portion Sebek-ra in crocodile form with crown squatting on an “altar” under a baldachin facing right; before him a table with food offerings; one line of text above. In lower third kneeling worshipper named Amun-em-hat facing left; before him, from left to right, four columns of text and one column with his name. Condition: Good; slightly worn. Back left rough.
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)