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Stela of Hori

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

At the top of this stela, the priest Hori kneels before a ram-headed lion inscribed “Amun-Re, Lord of the thrones of the Two Lands [Egypt] who is in front of Amara West.” The composite animal, wearing a crown of ostrich feathers adorned with cobras, symbolizes this god.

Composite animals were among the first of Egyptian artists’ creations and continued for four thousand years as integral to art and religion. By combining the ram and lion, the fertility of the one and the strength of the other were emphasized in the god Amun.
CULTURES Nubian; Egyptian
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E
DYNASTY late XIX Dynasty, or later
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 19 3/16 x 14 x 3 in., 47.5 lb. (48.8 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm, 21.55kg)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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CAPTION Nubian. Stela of Hori, ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E. Sandstone, 19 3/16 x 14 x 3 in., 47.5 lb. (48.8 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm, 21.55kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 38.544. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 38.544_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 38.544_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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