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Stela of Ramesses II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This stela commemorates Ramesses II’s presentation of statues to a temple of Amun-Re. The arrangement of scenes and texts conveys the Egyptians’ conception of their state. Heaven appears at the top, with the gods beneath it. The text links the divine and human realms, while the terrestrial home of the populace is at the bottom.

The upper register shows Amun-Re, the principal god of Egypt during the New Kingdom, presenting symbols of kingship to Ramesses II. The text specifies the king’s five names, emphasizing his more-than-human qualities. The lowest register contains lapwing birds that represent the populace praising the king.
CULTURES Nubian; Egyptian
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 19
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 66 5/16 x 34 5/16 x 7 5/16 in. (168.5 x 87.2 x 18.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Nubian. Stela of Ramesses II, ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E. Sandstone, 66 5/16 x 34 5/16 x 7 5/16 in. (168.5 x 87.2 x 18.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.423. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.423_transp1413.jpg)
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