Stela of Ba
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The owner of this funerary stela, a man named Ba, is shown sitting in front of an offering table and sniffing a lotus while receiving a libation. According to the text, the stela was a gift, presumably from Ba’s son, Mes, who is depicted between his parents. Because the image of Ba is in the center, the right side of the composition is so crowded that the female attendant seems to be pouring liquid onto Ba’s feet. Her extreme slenderness is typical of early Dynasty 18 figures.
ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E.
15 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (39 x 23.8 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Jack A. Josephson in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
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Stela of Ba, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. Limestone, 15 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (39 x 23.8 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jack A. Josephson in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 85.113. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.113_PS9.jpg)
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