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Grave Stela of Thenet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Thenet, who held the important temple office of “chantress of the god Amun,” presents offerings of lotus flowers, round loaves of bread, vegetables, and jugs of water or beer to the sun god Re-Harakhty on this stela made for her burial. Re-Harakhty is a form of the god Re who travels in the Solar Boat across the skies, illuminating both this world and the next. Here Thenet establishes her close association with the sun god, assuring her place in the afterlife.
MEDIUM Wood, painted
  • Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 945-712 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXII Dynasty (probably)
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (25.7 x 21 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Grave Stela of Thenet, ca. 945-712 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (25.7 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1385E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.1385E_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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