Stela of the Woman Takhenemet
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Although painted wooden stelae are known from just before Dynasty XVIII (circa 1539–1295 B.C.), they did not become common until Dynasty XXI (circa 1070–945 B.C.), at the outset of the Third Intermediate Period (circa 1070–653 B.C.). Thereafter they were popular until the end of the Ptolemaic Period (305–30 B.C.).
These wooden stelae were often deposited inside the burial chamber out of public view. As on countless earlier stelae, the central scene usually shows the deceased making an offering to a deity, but on examples dating to the Third Intermediate Period the dead person makes the offering directly, without the assistance of another god.
Here Takhenemet pays homage to the hawk-headed solar god Re-Horakhty, who has the guise and costume of Osiris, lord of the underworld. The composite representation illustrates well the merging of religious beliefs that occurred in the Third Intermediate Period with regard to the solar and nether realms.
Wood, gesso, pigment
ca. 775-653 B.C.E.
Dynasty 25 (probably)
Third Intermediate Period
10 3/4 x 9 7/16 x 13/16 in. (27.3 x 23.9 x 2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Egyptian. Stela of the Woman Takhenemet, ca. 775-653 B.C.E. Wood, gesso, pigment, 10 3/4 x 9 7/16 x 13/16 in. (27.3 x 23.9 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.201. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.201_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.08.480.201_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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