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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 Dynasty 25
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 20 x 14 x 5 11/16 in. (50.8 x 35.5 x 14.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alfred T. White and George C. Brackett
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1907, acquired by Alfred T. White of Brooklyn, NY and George C. Brackett of Brooklyn, NY; July 1907, gift of Alfred T. White and George C. Brackett to the Brooklyn Museum.
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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.
    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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