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Stela with Amun-Re and a Gander

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Sandstone, pigment
  • Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1295-1185 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 19
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7 5/16 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/16 in. (18.5 x 13 x 5.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.265E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Stela with Amun-Re and a Gander, ca. 1295-1185 B.C.E. Sandstone, pigment, 7 5/16 x 5 1/8 x 2 3/16 in. (18.5 x 13 x 5.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.265E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.265E_wwgA-2.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.265E_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Round-topped sandstone stela in painted sunk-relief of Pth-m'y. The stela is divided into two registers. The upper register shows Amon R' seated before two offering stands. The god wears the double-plumed crown (swty) which is painted white, outlined and cross-hatched in red, with trailing red fillets. The lower part of the crown is painted a brownish yellow, slightly different in color from the stone itself. The face, arms and legs are painted a dark blue. The god wears a wsh-collar, the upper part painted the same brown-yellow used on the crown, the lower part of the collar a pale green, the whole outlined and delineated in red. The upper part of the god's garment is a pale green color, distinct from the knee length kilt below with its pleats indicated in red. The god holds a w3s-sceptre in his far hand and the traces of an ankh sign appear in his near. The throne upon which he sits has a low back and is painted blue, white and red, the whole composition manifesting the hieroglyph hwt for temple. Before the god are two offering-stands, each surmounted by a jar and a long-stemmed lotus blossom. Opposite and facing the god stands a large goose upon a shrine. The goose, an obvious manifestation of Amun, is brightly painted red, black, blue and green. An open ostrich-feather fan appears behind and above the goose's back. Above the two figures are four columns of text. "May the beautiful goose, one great of love, (namely) Amon-Re, hear (my) prayer." The lower register shows Pth-m'y standing before an offering table. At the right side of the stela facing left, he holds a censer in his near hand and pours a libation into a lotus cup on the ground with his far hand. Pth-m'y wears a short wig, a wsh-collar painted white and green, and a shendyt-kilt painted white with the pleats and border indicated in red. A single column of hieroglyphs separates the figure from the offering table which bears three jars, two of which are similar to each other. Surmounting the jars is a large basket bearing three offerings, two of which are round loaves of bread and the third of which is enigmatic but might represent a hps-leg. A single line of inscription. Condition: The painting is done with great attention to detail. The sandstone, of somewhat inferior quality makes the reading of some signs difficult but nonetheless certain.
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