About this object

The end of a red and yellow leather strap (stola) embosed with the cartouche of Osorkon the Elder (Aakheperra Setepenra) of the 21st Dynasty, with the king shown adoring the goddess Mut. Pieced together with other fragments in 2017 for display.

Two narrow strips of leathers (called 'stola') were placed over the mummy, running from the shoulders to the stomach and crossing each other on the chest. These straps were very popular between 1100 and 700 BC. We think they were meant to identify the deceased with the god Osiris who is usually shown wearing similar straps on his chest.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    984 BC - 978 BC (Dynasty 21)
  • Materials
    Leather Skin
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1852 before
  • Measurements
    3 mm x 28 mm x 70 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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