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Limestone stela of Huy: a partially preserved stela bearing the remains of a scene carved in sunk relief on its upper edge, and below it five horizontal lines of incised hieroglyphs. The scene appears to be divided into two sections, one on the left and one on the right. On the left a male figure stands before four figures seated in chairs whose legs end in lion's paws and behind whom stands a female figure. On the right a female figure appears to stand before six figures seated on similar chairs. The text consists of a prayer to Osiris, Ptah-Sokar, Hathor, Horus, Amenhotep I and Ahmose-Nerfertari on behalf of the workman Huy, son of Sbʒ; and Nfrt-ỉỉ.tỉ. His wife Tʒḫʒr and his daughter Dwʒ-m-mr.st are also named. The six figures on the right of the scene can probably be identified with the above-named deities. There are two gouges in the centre and on the right edge which is worn and partly broken away. There are no traces of colour.
Height: 23 centimetres
Weight: 21 kilograms
Width: 61 centimetres
Depth: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The workman Huy was the owner of tomb no. 339 and is known from several other monuments. His daughter married the chiseller Ipuy, son of Piay, and thus, as a contemporary of Piay, Huy flourished during the reign of Sethos I and the early part of the reign of Ramses II (M. L. Bierbrier, 'The late New Kingdom in Egypt (c. 1300-664 B.C.) : a genealogical and chronological investigation' (London, 1975), 122, note 20, where for 'Nefertiry' read 'Nefertiti').
The British Museum, 'A guide to the Egyptian galleries (Sculpture)' (London, 1909), 104 (no. 357);
The British Museum, 'Hieroglyphic texts from Egyptian stelae, &c., in the British Museum' Part 6 (London, 1922), pl. 39;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), ii, 720;
K. A. Kitchen, 'Ramesside inscriptions : translated & annotated Translations Vol.3, Ramesses II, his contemporaries' (Oxford, 2000), 793.
- Not on display
- The surviving portion of this stela is in good condition apart from two gouges in the centre and on the right edge which is worn and partly broken away. The gouge in line 3 over the sty sign has enlarged since the photograph was taken with the loss of the plural strokes and part of the dỉ sign.
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- Egypt and Sudan
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.446 (Birch Slip Number)