Funerary stele fragment

Late New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20
1295–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 15.5 x 12.4 cm (6 1/8 x 4 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment of limestone stela of fine-grained stone. Portions of four columns of original incised hieroglyphic texts (captions for the figures below) above two kneeling figures (man at right, woman partially preserved at left), facing right with arms raised in a posture of adoration. He wears a short wig, a long kilt, and possibly a collar. The female figure wears a long dress with a cloak over it and holds an offering of a stoppered jar in one hand. Traces of brownish-red pigment on both figures. Line at right originally separated the figures from another segment of hieroglyphic text to their right. Captions above the man read: (1) “His son, his beloved” (2) “Amenmose” (3) ” ….True-of-Voice.” Text above the woman reads: “His beloved mother.”


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