Funerary stele

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22
945–712 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 27.2 x 19.6 cm (10 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso

Not On View


The Ancient World



Round-topped stele fashioned of a single piece of wood, coated with a layer of plaster (poor preservation), and painted. Colors well preserved where they remain, including red, blue, black, and yellow. Plaster preservation particularly poor upper and central left portion.

The scene depicts a concave “sky/heaven” sign (pt) at top in yellow. The deceased stands at right with arms raised in a posture of adoration, wearing an incense cone and blue flower upon his head with a black wig tied with a fillet. He faces a seated figure of the god Re-Horakhty on a low-backed throne. The god’s head is almost completely missing due to the condition of the plaster. The red sun disk on his head is still partially visible. He is shown mummiform, with wrappings indicated with yellow, wearing a red collar and yellow bracelets. Between the two figures is a yellow offering stand with a vase and lotus blossom.

The black painted text at top is arranged in five columns, without register lines to divide it from the rest of the scene. The text reads:

The Great God, Lord of Heaven
Words spoken to Re-Horakhty
that he may give offerings of all
good and pure things to the spirit (kA) of the Osiris, Doorkeeper
(of) [the temple of?] Amen.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way