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Stela of Inherkhau

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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
DATES ca. 1184-1153 B.C.E. or later
DYNASTY Dynasty 20
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 16 7/8 x 11 13/16 x 3 1/16 in. (42.8 x 30 x 7.7 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 80.113
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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