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Lower Portion of Large Stela

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

CULTURES Nubian; Egyptian
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES ca. 1290–1279 B.C.E.
DYNASTY early Dynasty 19
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 38 x 30 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (96.5 x 76.5 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Lower portion of a large sandstone stela of the year 4 (?) of Seti I, containing 17 rows of hieroglyphs. Condition: Entire surface badly weathered; the central portion of the stone seems to have a depression and was filled in with stucco, anciently. The text was written on this filling, and has since been exposed, apparently to damp and has to a great extent disappeared. Portions of the remainder have recrystallized and the text is thus defective in many places. The lower portion of the text inscribed on the stone is extensively chipped. Probably the major portion can be deciphered. According to Fairman, the text is “clearly of a historic nature. After the titles of the king comes a reference to a campaign in Nubia, and details of the numbers slaughtered or taken captive.” This apparently refers to a hitherto unknown campaign.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Nubian. Lower Portion of Large Stela, ca. 1290–1279 B.C.E. Sandstone, 38 x 30 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (96.5 x 76.5 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.424. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.424_left.jpg)
IMAGE side, 39.424_left.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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