Stele of Ptahsetji

New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18–early Dynasty 19
1400–1279 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Saqqara


Overall: 102.5 x 51.5 x 18 cm, 208.2 kg (40 3/8 x 20 1/4 x 7 1/16 in., 459 lb.) Framed (Aluminum L-frame/ six wall securement tabs): 101.6 x 52.1 x 13.3 cm (40 x 20 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



This round-topped stele is divided into two registers. The upper register shows the deified King Teti offering to Osiris. The two are separated by an offering table piled with food. The lower register depicts the draftsman Ptahsetji and his wife, who raise their arms in a gesture of adoration. There is a long horizontal piece missing from the upper register. The middle of the lower register has a crack all the way across.


(Accession date: January 1, 1925)

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Purchased from the Egyptian Antiquities Department, 1924