Stele of Ahmose

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

Findspot: Egypt


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World



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.


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