Stele of Ahmose

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 49.53 x 29.5 cm (19 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1981.2

Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

The round-top stele is carved with figures in raised relief and hieroglyphs in sunk relief. It is inscribed for the chief of metalworkers, Ahmose, and his wife, the lady of the house, Werel, who are represented seated together at the upper left before a table of offerings. Opposite them is their son, Meny. The middle register shows five women seated on the floor dressed as for a banquet and, at the far right, a seated man. The bottom register consists of three horizontal lines of inscription with the conventional offering formula.

Provenance

January 14, 1981: purchased from Safani Gallery, New York by the MFA (said to have been in a Paris auction several years previously and and in a New York gallery).

Credit Line

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund