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Round-Topped Stela Amenemhat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

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)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 66.174.2
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    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
    IMAGE overall, CUR.66.174.2_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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    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%)
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