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Sycomore fig wood stela of Djasetyenhemet(?): this round-topped stela consists of three registers. In the large upper section there is a winged sun-disk at the top beneath which there is a recumbent jackal on each side. In the lower centre the deceased lies on a lion-headed bier above which hovers a 'ba'-bird holding a 'šn'-sign. Isis, Hapy, and Imsety stand on the right, while Nephthys, Duamutef, and Qebhsenuef stand on the left. In the middle register there is a 'djed'-pillar in the centre flanked by girdle of Isis amulets. On the right sit Khnum and Thoth, while on the left are Shu and Tefnut (?). There is a standard of the West at the end of each side. The third register contains four lines of text with a prayer to Osiris, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, and Anubis on behalf of Djasetyenhemet(?), daughter of the lady 'Irty-rw. The stela is cracked down the centre where the two planks of wood which compose it adjoin. The surface is worn away in several places. The background of the stela is white. The disk is red with olive-green uraei. The upper wings are red with white patches, while the lower wings are black with red tips. The jackals are black with red sashes on red yellow-bordered pedestals. The 'ba'-bird has a green face, white wig edged in black, white wings with a red-feathered centre patch, and green, red and white body carrying a red sign.
The deceased has an olive face, white wig, and collar with black stripes, and red body. The bier is olive and white with black details. Its feet and the objects beneath it are red. The gods on the right have olive faces, collars and cloths in their hands, white wigs and aprons, and red bodies and hands, while Isis has an olive body and hands, red dress, and white wig with white and olive head-dress. Those on the left are not well preserved. Nephthys has an olive-green body, white wig, and olive and red head-dress. Duamutef has a black face and Qebhsenuef a white one with black details, green collar, and red body where visible. There is a multi-coloured border of white, olive, and red rectangles separated by three black and two white stripes all edged in yellow between the first and second registers. The 'djed'-pillar is yellow with olive, red, and yellow inside. The amulets are yellow with an olive inner loop with a red centre and red lower ties. The deities have red bodies, olive collars, white wigs, and red disks. The faces of Thoth and Khnum are black and olive-green, while those of Shu and Tefnut are olive-green and white. The standards are yellow with red tops and olive feathers. The text in the third register, and elsewhere, is black with yellow dividing lines. The sides except the bottom were plastered, but the back shows no sign of plaster apart from some odd traces.
Height: 49 centimetres
Weight: 1.200 kilograms
Thickness: 2.50 centimetres
Width: 30.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The British Museum, 'A Guide to the Third and Fourth Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1904), p. 78 (no. 103);
E. A. Wallis Budge 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (London, 1922), p. 109 (no. 15);
P. Munro, ‘Die spätägyptischen Totenstelen’ (Glückstadt, 1973), p. 246.
- Not on display
- poor - central vertical crack; surface lost near the base
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.8486 (Birch Slip Number)