Ear stele

Egyptian
New Kingdom
1550–1070 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, cemetery G 7000

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 12.7 x 9.1 x 2.2 cm (5 x 3.6 x .85 in.)

Accession Number

27.787

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

This type of stele was commonly deposited outside the temple walls, as the average person in Egypt had little access to the gods’ temples. The small, limestone stele has a human ear at the top, which was inteded to represent the ear of the god, which would hear the prayers of poius Egyptians. The god addressed and pictured here is the great sphinx of Giza.

Provenance

From Giza, cemetery 7000. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, January 1926; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition