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Stela of Inherkhau

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In the upper register of this stela, the solar deity Re-Harakhty is seated in the boat that crosses heaven from east to west. Anhorkhawi kneels in the lower register, posed in a gesture of adoration. The text around him represents a hymn to the setting sun. The stela was probably set into one of the faces of a small pyramid on top of Anhorkhawi’s tomb, and was meant to assist in his quest for the afterlife by linking him to the sun god.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Excavated: Thebes (Deir el Medina)
  • DATES ca. 1184-1153 B.C.E. or later
    DYNASTY XX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 16 7/8 x 11 13/16 x 3 1/16 in. (42.8 x 30 x 7.7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 80.113
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Stela of Inherkhau, ca. 1184-1153 B.C.E. or later. Limestone, 16 7/8 x 11 13/16 x 3 1/16 in. (42.8 x 30 x 7.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 80.113. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.113_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 80.113_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One round-topped stela in limestone inscribed for Ankhorkhaiwy; in the upper register is Rahorakhty sitting on a high prowed boat; below, the owner facing left with 5 columns of hieroglyphic inscriptions above him and 4 shorter ones above and behind him. Condition: Portions missing from upper margins; chips along lower borders; large cracks in upper half all consolidated; traces of paint still visible. Upper right hand portion and upper left hand margin of stela missing; chips along left and lower borders; three large cracks on upper half of stela, all of which are consolidated; traces of paint covering entire stela but most noticeable on figure of the owner at the lower left.
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