Funerary stele fragment of Padihorresnet

Late Period, Dynasty 25
760–660 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 27 x 29.8 x 2.6 cm (10 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso

Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment of a wooden funerary stele, upper rounded portion only. Painted scene is topped by a border of black dots and a blue sign for “sky/heaven” (pt), under which is a red winged sun disk (identified by accompanying text as “the Behdetite”) with green and red feathers and two uraeus cobras descending. Yellow background. Below the deceased stands at both right and left extremes with arms raised in a psture of praise towards central, identical depictions of a falcon-headed Re-Horakhty, shown with red sun disk an black uraeus as headdress, dark green lappet wig, and kilt of blue and white. Tail attached to the kilt of both figures. Skin of the god is rendered in green, and they are shown holding a was-scepter (hieroglyphic sign for “dominion”) in one hand, a black ankh (hieroglyph for “life”) in the opposite. The deceased is depicted with closs-cropped hair style, bracelets, a necklace, a long white kilt, and at right with a strap across the chest. Skin is painted reddish-brown. Text captions identify both figures of the deceased as Padihorresnet (PA-di-Hr-rsn.t). In the intervening spaces between the deceased and the deity are offering tables with a spouted vase and lotus blossom (green).

The text of the stele proper begins below, but is cut off by the break. The remaining line reads: “Words spoken by Osiris-Foremost-of-Westerners, Great God, Lord of Abydos, that he may give invocation-offerings…”

Transliteration of text:
Dd mdw in Wsir xnty-imnt(iu) nTr aA nb AbDw di.f pr.t-Hrw

Some discoloration of paint and plaster; gesso flaked away from sides especially; otherwise good condition.


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