About this object

A small limestone stela with the upper left part damaged and in separate pieces that requires conservation treatment. In the remains of the round top can still be seen part of the winged sun-disk. In the second register are four figures, on the right side are Anubis and Osiris. Anubis wears a short kilt and carries an ankh in his right hand, his body is coloured black. Behind him is Osiris, mummiform and facing the front, the robes are loose and he does not wear a crown. Opposite the gods are the figures of a man, dressed in elaborate flowing robes, and a child who is disproportionate, holding his right arm up towards Anubis. The deceased is depicted in full frontal pose with his left arm held across his body and the right pointing towards Osiris. At the bottom are two lines of Demotic text, incised, with traces of red paint. The beginning of the demotic inscription is unclear but describes the tallest figure wearing a tunic as being 22 years old when he died and that he is depicted with his brother Pebos. His brother may have died as a child earlier and been included in the commemoration. Alternatively, the figure may represent a younger brother who died at the same time.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    30 BC - 395 AD
  • Materials
    Limestone
  • 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
    1907
  • Measurements
    260 mm x 240 mm x 30 mm
  • Note
    Excavated by Professor John Garstang at Abydos for the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology.
  • 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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Publications

  • 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 The first chapter is devoted primarily to the recovery of the records of the unpublished excavations of John Garstang at Abydos in 1907.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.

Events

  • 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

Ownership

Previous owners

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