About this object

Fragment of a stela with three lines of inscribed vertical hieroglyphic text and a kneeling man, executed in very fine sunk relief. He appears to be bald, is clean-shaven and wears an ankle length kilt. Traces of orange paint remain on his head and hands. His hands are raised before him in praise or supplication to the unknown characters. Part of the text reads: " the Ka of the Servant of the Place of Truth" . There is a name, but the reading is not certain. If the figure is identifed as pAy his period of activity in the gang, from the reign of Horemheb to early in the reign of Ramesses II, coincides with the date suggested for the stela on stylistic grounds. Dynasty 19 (about 1290-1270 BC).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date made
    1290 - 1270 BC (early Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date collected
    early 20th Century
  • Measurements
    45 mm x 165 mm x 155 mm
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  • 'A New Ramesside Stela from Deir el-Medina', in M. Collier and S. Snape (eds.), Ramesside Studies in Honour of K.A. Kitchen

    Gina Criscenzo-Laycock

    Author: Gina Criscenzo-Laycock
    Publisher: Rutherford Press
    Date: 2009
    Description: A New Ramesside Stela from Deir el-Medina' in Collier and Snape (eds.) , 'Ramesside Studies in Honour of K.A. Kitchen' (Bolton, 2009) pp. 123-6.


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