<em>Stela of Steward Ptahemsai</em>, ca. 1876-1759 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 1/4 x 11 13/16 x 3 1/8 in. (51.5 x 30 x 8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1345E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1345E_erg2.jpg)

Stela of Steward Ptahemsai

Medium: Limestone

Dates:ca. 1876-1759 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 11 13/16 x 3 1/8 in. (51.5 x 30 x 8 cm)


Museum Location: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 37.1345E

Image: CUR.37.1345E_erg2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Tall rectangular limestone stela belonging to the Steward Ptahsoker. The inscribed surface is surround by a raised frame, the top part of which is inscribed [hieroglyphic inscription]. The large inscribed surface is divided into five registers. The top register (h. 3.3 cm.) bears the inscription: [hieroglyphic inscription]. The second register (h. 10.3 cm.) shows Ptahsoker seated at a table. Facing him is a squatting male figure holding his hand to his breast (all the squatting figures on this stela hold one hand to their breast). Above this figure is the name: [hieroglyphic inscription]. To the right of this man is a squatting woman, facing right towards a seated man who faces her from the opposite side of a table. Above her is [hieroglyphic inscription]. In the third register is a seated man [hieroglyphic inscription] facing right towards two squatting women [hieroglyphic inscription], [hieroglyphic inscription]. To the right are two squatting men facing each other [hieroglyphic inscription], [hieroglyphic inscription]. In the fourth register are, at the right, two squatting women facing each other [hieroglyphic inscription], [hieroglyphic inscription]. To the right a squatting man faces right towards a squatting woman [hieroglyphic inscription], [hieroglyphic inscription]. The bottom register has a large table holding offerings flanked on each side by a man with outstretched arms. Both men are labeled: [hieroglyphic inscription]. Technique is a poor sunk relief. Condition: Upper right corner missing; all surfaces scratched.

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