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.
ca. 945-712 B.C.E.
XXII Dynasty (probably)
Third Intermediate Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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