Part of a Stela of Teti-em-Re
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Under the rounded top of this funerary stela, decorated with wedjat-eyes and other protective symbols, three short columns of hieroglyphs give the titles of a man named Teti-em-Re. The original carving depicted Teti-em-Re seated before an offering table with a rolled and folded cloth in one hand. The short chin beard, simple shoulder-length wig, and refined, delicate features are most frequently found in reliefs dating to the time of the joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III, when this stela was probably made.
ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
7 1/4 x 9 x 1 1/8 in. (18.4 x 22.9 x 2.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Upper portion of a round-topped stela. Black granite. Preserved is the upper portion of a male figure, probably a seated figure. The man wears a striated wig, broad collar, and short beard. His eyes are long and tilted; brows and cosmetic lines are executed in relief. The figure itself, as well as the other elements of decoration on this stela, is executed in a shallow sunk relief. Above, and slightly to the right of the figure, are partially preserved wedjat eyes flanking a shen. Below the shen are three 'n' signs. Before the figure are the partially preserved remains of three columns of text. These give the man’s name as Tti-m-r'.
Condition: Incomplete. Left edge badly chipped. Broken in two and mended.
Part of a Stela of Teti-em-Re, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Black granite, 7 1/4 x 9 x 1 1/8 in. (18.4 x 22.9 x 2.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.95. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.95_NegA_bw_SL4.jpg)
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That eye. I've seen it in so many places. Or eyes similar to that one... Any insight?
You are looking at the Wedjat eye! The Wedjat is a symbol of the Ancient Egyptian god Horus, who the king was thought to be the human embodiment of. The symbol is used as a protective measure in burials and funerary texts against evil forces. Horus is also shows as a falcon with wings outstretched. You'll see those two motifs repeat all throughout ancient Egyptian art