About this object

Round top stela, divided into three registers. At the top is a winged sun disc with two pendant uraei, lightly incised. The second register shows six figures. The deceased is represented standing on the right, in frontal view, wearing everyday clothing and raising his right arm. There is a figure of a deity in mummy form to his left, head broken away, which is to be restored as that of a jackal. On the left of the deceased is another jackal- headed deity. He is followed by a standing hawk- headed figure of Horus, and by a standing figure of Osiris wearing the white crown. Behind Osiris, on the extreme left of stela, is the standing figure of a goddess, left arm raised towards him in gesture of protection associated with Isis. The gods are dressed in loose- fitting garments and their hands and feet are protruding. There are some blank columns between the individual figures, probably intended for hieroglyphs. The base line slopes upward from right to left. The third register comprises three lines of demotic, beginning with the formula anxbj followed by the name of the deceased. The surface is worn in places, especially in the area near the heads of the jackal-headed figure (left) and of the man, otherwise it is in good condition. Remains of red colour are to be seen on the bodies of the gods and remains of yellow on the mantle of the deceased.

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
    355 mm x 291 mm x 63 mm
  • Note
    Excavated by Professor John Garstang at Abydos for the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology 1907, tomb number 65.
  • 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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