Relief fragment - ROM2018_16149_15


Relief fragment

Geography: Possibly excavated at Deir el-Medina, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
25.3 × 13.3 × 2.6 cm
Object number: 949.44
Credit Line: Gift of Benjamin Szalatnay-Stacho
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis limestone fragment may have come from a stele which originally showed this kneeling man worshipping a god, very likely Osiris.  Unfortunately, the piece has completely lost its context, and only fragments of a name remain, not enough to identify the owner. The determinative of a kneeling man with a flagellum (Gardiner A 52) tells us the was a 'revered person' but gives no hint as to his profession.  Nevertheless, the man's elegant pleated garments and fine wig identify him as a reasonably well-off man of 18th or early 19th Dynasty.  The style of the carving suggests a provenance on the West Bank of Thebes, perhaps Sheikh abd-el-Gurna or the workmen's village of Deir el Medina.
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