<em>Funerary Stela of Thenet</em>, ca. 945-712 B.C.E. Wood, stucco, pigment, 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (25.7 x 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1385E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1385E_PS4.jpg)

Funerary Stela of Thenet

Medium: Wood, stucco, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 945-712 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (25.7 x 21 cm)


Museum Location: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 37.1385E

Image: 37.1385E_PS4.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Round-topped painted wooden stela inscribed for a Chantress of Amun. The owner is shown, to the right, facing left towards Re-Horakhty. Between the two figures is a table with offerings. Above the two figures are inscriptions. Condition: The stela is composed of two wooden planks, the greater representing some ¾ of the total width. The smaller is dowelled to the larger. The seam was filled and covered, as was the rest of the piece, by a layer of gesso, upon which the painting was executed. The body of Harakhte is built up by means of an underlying layer of blue frit; this was also apparently used whenever a dark green color was desired (i.e. the topmost border; the offering table). The seam mentioned above has now opened, due to contraction and expansion. The left hand margin of the piece has also suffered major paint losses, especially in the figure of Harakhte. There is also paint loss at the apex of the stela. The white ground and some of the reds have been practically rubbed away-most especially the background. Once gessoed on the edges-almost all is lost, save a small patch on the upper right hand corner. The colors have remained fairly brilliant-the dark black of the wig, the red brown of the sun disk, the dark and light greens and the lighter pink under the base line are all in good condition. The stela is unvarnished, but bears a modern coating of polyvinyl-acetate.

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