About this object

Round top stela, with winged sun disc in raised relief with the outline of the wings incised. Below, Osiris (left) dressed in a long loose- fitting garment, wearing the atef- crown, stands holding his arms across his chest. He seems to be grasping a heka- sceptre and a flail. Before him is an upright coffin, with a mummy, head unwrapped, depicted in frontal view. Anubis (right) raises his left arm to Osiris, and with his raised right arm supports the coffin, presenting the mummy to Osiris. Both gods are depicted in profile. The figures are cut in sharply incised relief.

Remains of red colour on the bodies of the mummy and Osiris. Remains of yellow colour are to be seen on the face of Osiris and on the wings of the sun disc, coloured red. The flail and the heka- sceptre are painted red. Remains of black colour are to be seen on the face, arms and legs of Anubis and remains of yellow on his kilt. There were three red painted rows of sun’s rays and the colour has faded away but the remains of the red colour can still be seen. There were two recumbent jackals painted in black but the colour has now faded away. Remains of black colour are on the hair, eyes and eyebrows of the mummy.

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
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    330 mm x 290 mm x 61 mm
  • Note
    Excavated by Professor John Garstang at Abydos for the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology 1907, tomb number 102.
  • Related people
    Edith Danson ( Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson ( Previous owner); John Raymond Danson ( Previous owner); 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 The first chapter is devoted primarily to the recovery of the records of the unpublished excavations of John Garstang at Abydos in 1907.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.

  • 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.


  • 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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