Nubian. <em>Stela of Ramesses II</em>, ca. 1279–1213 B.C.E. Sandstone, 66 5/16 x 34 5/16 x 7 5/16 in. (168.5 x 87.2 x 18.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.423. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.423_SL3.jpg)

Stela of Ramesses II


Medium: Sandstone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1279–1213 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 66 5/16 x 34 5/16 x 7 5/16 in. (168.5 x 87.2 x 18.5 cm)


Museum Location: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 39.423

Image: 39.423_SL3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Large sandstone stela of Ramesses II, in sunk relief. Upper part shows Ramesses II standing on the right receiving the insignia of kingship from Amun, behind him stands Mut, five rows of hieroglyphs below. The figures are executed in good XIXth dynasty style and the stela is a good example of conventional work of the period. Above the figures are six columns of hieroglyphs, and there is one column between the king and Amun. According to Fairman, "The text gives the titulary of the king and contains a reference to what may be the official name of the town - 'the house of Ramesses - Meriamen'. The ordinary name of the town not recorded on this stela may have been Khenemwaset, 'she-who-unites-with-Thebes'. At the base of the stela are two cartouches surmounted with disks and flanked on each side with a pair of Rhkyet birds. Condition: When excavated, the stela was found face down, broken into four parts, but complete. Surface slightly weathered, but in general condition excellent. Faint traces of paint on the bodies and details of upper portion. At the lower left corner is a small depression, but probably ancient.

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