Stela of Ba
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The owner of this funerary stela, a man named Ba, is shown sitting in front of an offering table and sniffing a lotus while receiving a libation. According to the text, the stela was a gift, presumably from Ba’s son, Mes, who is depicted between his parents. Because the image of Ba is in the center, the right side of the composition is so crowded that the female attendant seems to be pouring liquid onto Ba’s feet. Her extreme slenderness is typical of early Dynasty 18 figures.
ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E.
15 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (39 x 23.8 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Jack A. Josephson in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
One round topped limestone stela with a slender woman at the extreme right, facing left, libating and standing in front of an offering table. Three figures on the other side of table.
Condition: The entire surface is covered with a thin layer of dirt; there is an old repair running diagonally across the stela's center, the lower portion of the stela is restored.
Stela of Ba, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. Limestone, 15 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (39 x 23.8 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jack A. Josephson in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 85.113. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.113_PS9.jpg)
overall, 85.113_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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What are these?
These stelae show deceased individuals receiving offerings of food that their souls needed in order to have a successful and comfortable afterlife.