About this object

Round topped stela of wood with gesso and painted decoration. In the lunette is an blue elongated heaven sign disc, a uraei with pendent ankh signs, flanked by wedjat sacred eyes and shen rings. Below the disc is the place name Behdet (bHdt). The male stela owner is represented worshipping Re-Horakhty who is seated before offerings. On either side of the scene are columns with ornamental capitals. Below the scene is a border coloured to represent a rocky landscape. The surface is discoloured and flaked in places. In 1920 Professor Newberry noted that the inscription in eight columns was "almost entirely illegible but the name of the deceased is apparently Peshesmut". The name Peshesmut is at the end of the text to the right side of the owner’s head and may be his name or that of his father or other relative. The back is plain.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 22) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Gesso
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    247 mm x 185 mm x 21 mm
  • Note
    Ex Joseph Sams collection?
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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