Stela - ROM2018_16310_14



Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
30.3 × 27 × 4.4 cm
Object number: 910.35.7
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This fragment is all that remains of a simple stela on which a man and his wife prayed, hands raised in adoration, to the god Osiris for a good afterlife.  The man wears a long, transparent skirt over his kilt, a fashion of the New Kingdom, while the woman wears an old-fashioned shift dress; their attire suggests a date in the earlier Eighteenth Dynasty, though a certain archaism is often evident in such stele.  The god Osiris, presumably, was seated to the left.  The lower right corner survives with border lines to show that no children followed them.

Most of the inscription is missing. Only a trace of 'eternity' from Osiris' title, Lord of Eternity, remains at the far left.  In the next line, directly above the man's head, another title of Osiris has been preserved in full, "Lord of Abydos."  The hieroglyph of a seated man with a basket on his head may have been part of the male figure's title, having to do with construction.  In the final two fragments of vertical line the name of the god, Amun, and part of a human name," [...]nakht, justified," remain.

Between the two figures, a line of text contains the woman's title, "Lady of the House" and the first part of her name, "Ta-it . . . ]

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