About this object

Painted round-topped limestone stela of Sobkemhat, son of Neferthesut. Dedicated by his brother Wepwawethotep. The face of the stone is framed on three sides by an incised line border, painted yellow and black, the back has been left rough. The figure is carved in very shallow sunk relief, the inscription is incised. The scene shows the deceased standing on the left facing right towards three vertical columns of text. Sobekemhat wears the traditional short kilt and broad collar, his head is shaved in the manner of a priest. He appears to be holding an object in each of his hands but damage to the stone makes it difficult to define what they are. Two columns of the text run the full length of the stela while the third, by the torso of Sobekemhat, is much shorter. Translation: A boon which the king gives to Osiris, Lord of Memphis, that he might give invocation offerings of bread and beer, oxen and fowl, alabaster and clothing, incense and oil to the Ka of Sobekemhat, true of voice, as made for him [by] his brother, Wepwawhetep, son of Nefert-hesut(?).

From Abydos, Cemetery E. tomb 494 A'08 of Garstang's Excavations 1908.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1795 BC - 1650 BC (Dynasty 13)
  • Materials
    Limestone; Paint
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Francis Chatillon Danson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos Cemetery E
  • Date collected
    1908
  • Measurements
    325 mm x 210 mm x 60 mm
  • Related people
    Edith Danson (Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson (Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • Mortuary Assemblages from Abydos

    Snape, Steven Ralph

    Author: Snape, Steven Ralph
    Publisher: University of Liverpool PhD Thesis
    Date: 1986
    Description: Publication of excavations at Abydos between the years 1906 and 1909 by Professor John Garstang of the Institute of Archaeology at Liverpool. These excavations were never published in anything like a complete or adequate form, and the objects unearthed by Garstang have, since their recovery, been widely scattered. The major part of this thesis is an attempt to reconstruct, as closely as was then possible, the work of 1906-1909.

  • 'Museum Acquisitions, 1978' in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.

Events

  • The Sacred Landscape of Ancient Egypt

    Start date: 2015-04-11
    End date: 2015-04-11
    Description: 'The Sacred Landscapes of Ancient Egypt' was an exhibition held at the Atkinson, Southport. It explored the links between the landscape and the objects and buildings that are associated with it. The exhibition is a joint venture between The Atkinson and Dr. Steven Snape, Reader in Egyptian Archaeology at Liverpool University. EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION: The ancient Egyptians saw the natural world around them as being filled with divine presence, from the daily crossing of the sky by the sun god, to the annual rise and fall of the river Nile, to a local god who might live in a nearby mountain. They were also extremely skilled creators of buildings which had a variety of ‘sacred’ purposes (including tombs and temples) some of which were built on a spectacular scale. NML Reference no. AE LO 02/2015

Ownership

Previous owners

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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