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Stela of Penamun

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In the upper register of this funerary stela, a man named Penamun, his wife, and one of their sons present offerings to the god Osiris, behind whom stands the goddess Isis. In the middle register, Penamun and his wife sit before a table of offerings. Facing them are a lector priest, a professional singer in an attitude of mourning, and one of their daughters. In the bottom register another man and his wife receive offerings from their children. The registers are meant to suggest different realms of existence. The upper register is the realm of the netherworld, the middle that of the tomb, and the bottom that of the living.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1334-1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 25 15/16 × 18 1/16 × 3 1/8 in., 82 lb. (65.9 × 45.9 × 7.9 cm, 37.19kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Stela of Penamun, ca. 1334-1295 B.C.E. Limestone, 25 15/16 × 18 1/16 × 3 1/8 in., 82 lb. (65.9 × 45.9 × 7.9 cm, 37.19kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1486E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1486E_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.1486E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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