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Limestone stela of Mahuia: a small, round-topped stela originally incised on its face with forty-four ears divided into six rows on each side of the stela, the top and bottom of which was comprised of three ears and the rest four ears. A column of text down the centre contains a prayer to Ptah, while a line of text at the bottom names the dedicator Mahuia. The stela has lost its upper right-hand corner and its lower left-hand one, both of which have been restored in modern times. The surface is covered with small scratches and some black stains. There are faint traces of red paint in some of the ears.
Height: 23 centimetres
Weight: 3.50 kilograms
Width: 17.50 centimetres
Depth: 5 centimetres
- Curator's comments
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Memphis' I (London, 1909), 7, 9, pl. XIII, no. 30;
The British Museum, 'A guide to the Egyptian galleries (Sculpture)' (London, 1909), 304 (no. 1171);
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' III (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 834;
R. Parkinson, ‘ Cracking Codes: The Rosetta Stone and Decipherment’ (London, 1999), fig. 33.
PM III (2): 834
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 2 Mar-29 Jun, Paris, Louvre Museum, Les Portes du Ciel
2017-2018 13 Sep-15 Jan, Lens, Louvre, Musiques et sons antiques
- The stela has lost its upper right-hand corner and its lower left-hand one, both of which have been restored in modern times. The surface is covered with small scratches and some black stains.
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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