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.
ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E
late XIX Dynasty, or later
19 3/16 x 14 x 3 in., 47.5 lb. (48.8 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm, 21.55kg) (show scale)
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Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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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)
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