Stela of Irethoreru
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Beneath the wings of Horus the Behdetite, a manifestation of the solar god often found on stelae, or commemorative tablets, Irethoreru, at the right, makes an offering to the god of the underworld, Osiris, and his wife, Isis. The different shades of the stone have been successfully exploited for aesthetic purposes. Though the style of the representations is drawn from earlier periods, textual details suggest a Twenty-fifth Dynasty date.
ca. 775-653 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
20 x 14 x 5 11/16 in. (50.8 x 35.5 x 14.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Alfred T. White and George C. Brackett
Black syennite (?) funerary stela of i’r.t-hr-i’r.w set up by his wife i’n-imn-n3y-nb.w. Above, in sunk relief, winged sun disk below which deceased makes offerings to Osiris and Isis. Eight lines of text.
Condition: Excellent. Small fragment missing from left edge - otherwise perfect. Excellent workmanship.
Egyptian. Stela of Irethoreru, ca. 775-653 B.C.E. Syenite, 20 x 14 x 5 11/16 in. (50.8 x 35.5 x 14.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alfred T. White and George C. Brackett, 07.422. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.422_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.07.422_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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