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Stela of Irethoreru

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Beneath the wings of Horus the Behdetite, a manifestation of the solar god often found on stelae, or commemorative tablets, Irethoreru, at the right, makes an offering to the god of the underworld, Osiris, and his wife, Isis. The different shades of the stone have been successfully exploited for aesthetic purposes. Though the style of the representations is drawn from earlier periods, textual details suggest a Twenty-fifth Dynasty date.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Syenite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 775-653 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXV Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 20 x 14 x 5 11/16 in. (50.8 x 35.5 x 14.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.422
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alfred T. White and George C. Brackett
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    CAPTION Egyptian. Stela of Irethoreru, ca. 775-653 B.C.E. Syenite, 20 x 14 x 5 11/16 in. (50.8 x 35.5 x 14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alfred T. White and George C. Brackett, 07.422. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.422_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.07.422_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black syennite (?) funerary stela of i’r.t-hr-i’r.w set up by his wife i’n-imn-n3y-nb.w. Above, in sunk relief, winged sun disk below which deceased makes offerings to Osiris and Isis. Eight lines of text. Condition: Excellent. Small fragment missing from left edge - otherwise perfect. Excellent workmanship.
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