About this object

Round top stela, divided into three registers. At the top is a winged sun disc with two pendant uraei. The second register shows a standing figure of a man, dressed in a tunic and a mantle, depicted in frontal view, his left arm folded across his chest. Anubis, his left hand clasping the right hand of the man, is conducting him into the presence of three standing figures of deities. Anubis, dressed in Egyptian style costume, raises his right arm before them. The first of these deities is a hawk- headed figure of Horus. Between Anubis and Horus is an offering table on a tall stand. Between Anubis and Horus is Osiris, who wears the white crown. Both Horus and Osiris are in mummified form, hands protruding. Isis (left), dressed in traditional Egyptian costume, puts both her arms around the waist of Osiris. All four figures of the deities are depicted in profile. The stela is carved in lightly incised relief. The area of the third register has been divided up into eight horizontal lines for a demotic text beginning pA-wjt. The sixth and eighth lines have been left blank. Remains of red colour are on the garments or bandages of all the deities. Traces of red are also seen on the face of the deceased and traces of dark colour are on the faces of the gods. The crown of Osiris was painted yellow. The sun’s disc was painted red and red pigment is to be observed in the inscription.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    30 BC - AD 395 about
  • 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
    460 mm x 270 mm x 50 mm
  • Note
    Excavated by Professor John Garstang at Abydos for the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology 1907 tomb number 205.
  • 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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