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Stela with Boat and Osiris

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This lower-quality stela with non-standard subject matter suggests a work produced outside the elite tradition. A man with a large flail kneels before a table stacked with offerings. Above him, a ship with a large cabin and a long steering oar—but no representation of a sun god, unlike the more prevalent imagery of the Stela of Anhorkhawi, displayed nearby—sails on a strip of water above four fish.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1292-1075 B.C.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 19 (probably)
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 13 x 9 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (33 x 24.5 x 11.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Stela with Boat and Osiris, ca. 1292-1075 B.C. Limestone, 13 x 9 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (33 x 24.5 x 11.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1919E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1919E_wwgA-2.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.1919E_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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