Stela with Amun-Re and a Gander
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
ca. 1295-1185 B.C.E.
7 5/16 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/16 in. (18.5 x 13 x 5.5 cm)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Round-topped sandstone stela in painted sunk-relief of Pth-m'y. The stela is divided into two registers. The upper register shows Amon R' seated before two offering stands. The god wears the double-plumed crown (swty) which is painted white, outlined and cross-hatched in red, with trailing red fillets. The lower part of the crown is painted a brownish yellow, slightly different in color from the stone itself. The face, arms and legs are painted a dark blue. The god wears a wsh-collar, the upper part painted the same brown-yellow used on the crown, the lower part of the collar a pale green, the whole outlined and delineated in red. The upper part of the god's garment is a pale green color, distinct from the knee length kilt below with its pleats indicated in red. The god holds a w3s-sceptre in his far hand and the traces of an ankh sign appear in his near. The throne upon which he sits has a low back and is painted blue, white and red, the whole composition manifesting the hieroglyph hwt for temple. Before the god are two offering-stands, each surmounted by a jar and a long-stemmed lotus blossom. Opposite and facing the god stands a large goose upon a shrine. The goose, an obvious manifestation of Amun, is brightly painted red, black, blue and green. An open ostrich-feather fan appears behind and above the goose's back. Above the two figures are four columns of text.
"May the beautiful goose, one great of love, (namely) Amon-Re, hear (my) prayer."
The lower register shows Pth-m'y standing before an offering table. At the right side of the stela facing left, he holds a censer in his near hand and pours a libation into a lotus cup on the ground with his far hand. Pth-m'y wears a short wig, a wsh-collar painted white and green, and a shendyt-kilt painted white with the pleats and border indicated in red. A single column of hieroglyphs separates the figure from the offering table which bears three jars, two of which are similar to each other. Surmounting the jars is a large basket bearing three offerings, two of which are round loaves of bread and the third of which is enigmatic but might represent a hps-leg. A single line of inscription.
Condition: The painting is done with great attention to detail. The sandstone, of somewhat inferior quality makes the reading of some signs difficult but nonetheless certain.
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