Stela of Thutmose



Round-topped stela with triangular summit, decorated with three registers and offering texts carved down the centre of the back and edges. The uppermost register shows the physician [swnw] Thutmose [Djhutmosi] Panebnefer censing and libating, and his wife Dedia standing in adoration holding flowers in her right hand before the seated god Osiris-Onnophris followed by Isis and Nephthys. In the middle register is a representation of the ‘opening of the mouth’ ritual performed on the mummy of Thutmose Panebnefer to ensure the deceased the use of his limbs and organs. The formula of the spell is read by a man, probably the eldest son, dressed in a leopard skin in the role of the sem-priest, and behind is a group of mourning women. In the lower register are five men and five women standing facing right with their arms raised in adoration. Within the pointed pyramid-like top is an image of Anubis on his divine booth. The stela is incised with text on the left and right sides and with a central column of text on the back. Partial translation of text: Osiris Wennefer. The Osiris, the physician [swnw] Tuthmose, true of voice, [and] his wife, Dedja. A boon which the king gives [to] Osiris-Wennefer that he may give breath, incense and libations to the Ka of the physician, Tuthmose. A boon which the king gives [to] Osiris, Lord of Abydos, that he may give a good lifetime to the Ka of the physician, Tuthmose, true of voice. Illuminate the Osiris, the physician Tuthmose, true of voice, he says ...