About this object

Round table stela, divided into three registers. At the top is a winged sun disc with two pendent uraei, with sun discs on their heads. The second register, framed above by a pt- sign depicts a standing figure of Anubis (right), dressed in a long kilt, raising his left arm in the standard attitude of praise and of presentation of a dead person to Osiris, the sculptor has failed to represent the right arm, which would normally be shown either raised or laid on the shoulder of the deceased. The deceased, who is of the same stature of Anubis, is depicted in Egyptian costume, standing with both arms raised to Osiris. The latter is seated on his throne, placed on a small platform. He wears the atef- crown and holds a flail and heka- sceptre. Isis (left) stands behind him, her left arm raised towards him, dressed in a long robe. On her head is a throne- sign. All the figures are depicted in profile. The base line rises from right to left. The third register shows two recumbent jackals on a shrine facing one another. The stela is carved in incised relief, with some modelling of the figures. The figures of Isis and the deceased are of very slim proportions. Remains of yellow colour are to be seen on the wings of the sun disc. The uraeus (left) and its sun disc are coloured red, the other (right) and its sun disc, yellow. Remains of yellow are on the body of Osiris and on the flail and heka- sceptre. The upper part of the figure of Isis, her arms and legs and the throne- sign still show traces of yellow colour. Her dress was originally painted red. Yellow has been used for the face of Anubis and red for his kilt. The face, arms and legs of the deceased are painted red whilst his kilt shows remains of yellow.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    30 BC - 395 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the University of Liverpool, 2000
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    360 mm x 280 mm x 48 mm
  • Note
    Excavated by Professor John Garstang at Abydos for the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology 1907, tomb number 168B.
  • Related people
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector, previous owner)

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  • Graeco-Roman Funerary Stelae From Upper Egypt

    Abdalla, Aly

    Author: Abdalla, Aly
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1992
    Description: This is a comprehensive study of funerary stelae exhibiting mixed iconography from upper Egypt during the Roman period in Egypt. The first chapter is devoted primarily to the recovery of the records of the unpublished excavations of John Garstang at Abydos in 1907. The published accounts of the excavations at Coptos and Dendereh are also assessed. There then follows a catologue of 256 stelae (including 144 stelae excavated by Garstang), which are ordered by site. There are discussions of the iconography, style, workmanship, inscriptions and dating of the stelae. The funerary beliefs and customs reflected in the reliefs and texts are set within the general context of the Roman period in Egypt. A concordance of the Garstang stelae with their excavation numbers is included, as well as a list of the stelae categorized by type of scene. There is also a record of the distribution of the Graeco-Roman stelae from Garstang's excavations at Abydos and from Petrie's excavations at Dendereh.


  • Liverpool Excavations at Abydos 1906-1909

    Start date: 1906
    End date: 1906
    Description: Excavations carried out by Professor Garstang, on behalf of the Egyptian Excavations Committee, affiliated to the Univeristy of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology


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