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Sycomore fig wood stela of Tjentwawaru: this round-topped stela is divided into three registers. At the top is a curved sky-sign beneath which are a winged sun-disk and a line of text. In the second register the lady Ṯnt-wʒ-wʒ-rw stands on the right with her arms raised in adoration before an altar on which rests a water-pot cooled by a lotus-flower. Above are four columns of text of which only three are inscribed. Behind the altar stand Ra-Horakhty, Atum, Isis, and Nephthys. Six lines of text in the third register contain a prayer to Ra-Horakhty, Atum, and Ptah-Sokar-Osiris on behalf of the lady Tadibastet, daughter of Ḏd-Hr and the lady Tʒ-wʒ-wʒ-rw. The stela has cracked into three parts along the lines of the three planks of wood which compose it and has been badly repaired. The right-hand section is not aligned correctly with the other two. The surface is cracked in places and damaged along the edges. The background of the stela is buff-white. The sky at the top is blue. The disk is red with yellow uraei whose heads are blue. The upper wings are black outlined on white with a blue upper edge; the middle are white with red lines and black dots; and the lower are green edged in black with white tips and a lower red edge. The hieroglyphs are black. The scene in the second register is surrounded by a border of red, blue, yellow, and green rectangles separated by one black and two white stripes all edged in blue. There is a white strip at the top of the scene and a blue sky from which blue dividing lines separate the black columns of text on a white background. The female figure has a green body, red dress, yellow collar, and blue wig. The altar is yellow, and the pot blue. The lotus has a dark green stem, yellow base, green leaves, and blue flowers. The gods have green bodies, red hands, yellow collars, blue wigs, dark green sceptres, and red disks with black uraei. The face of Ra-Horakhty is white with black features, while that of Atum is red with a black beard. The goddesses have green bodies, red dresses, yellow-blue wigs, and hold red cloths. The head-dress of Isis is blue, while that of Nephthys is white with a red corner, edged in blue, and a green basket on top. The text in the third register is black between blue dividing lines. The back and sides were plastered.
Height: 39 centimetres
Weight: 1.155 kilograms
Thickness: 3 centimetres
Width: 25.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The British Museum, 'A Guide to the Third and Fourth Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1904), p. 80 (no. 114);
E. A. Wallis Budge 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (London, 1922), p. 115 (no. 57);
P. Munro, ‘Die spätägyptischen Totenstelen’ (Glückstadt, 1973), pp. 227-8.
- Not on display
- fair - three fragments repaired
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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