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Round-topped limestone stela of Pasherenptah III: below the usual winged sun disc Pasherenptah, wearing the characteristic sidelock of the High Priest of Ptah and the panther skin of an officiating priest, kneels in obeisance at the left side of the figured scene. Before him is an offering stand stacked with slices of bread and surrounded by hieroglyphs for the invocation-of-offerings formula that will supply him with bread and beer, flesh and fowl, linen garments, incense and unguent in the afterlife. The hieroglyphs before his face supply his titles, name and parentage, and describe the ritual he carries out as 'adoring the god four times'. The deities depicted from left to right, all named and with lengthy epithets, are Osiris, Apis, Isis, Nephthys, Horus, Anubis, Imhotep, deified architect of the first pyramid; and the falcon of the West. All of them grant Pasherenptah otherworldly blessings. The frame at the left is composed of the palm rib, the hieroglyph for 'a year', with Heh, god of millions, in characteristic pose at its base, the whole symbolically wishing the deceased millions of years in the afterlife. The frame at the right is the 'was'-sceptre. The fourteen rows of superbly carved hieroglyphs begin with a standard funerary offering formula on behalf of Pasherenptah, whose numerous titles are listed in full, and continue with a conventional address to the living. Then there follows a detailed autobiography.
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Height: 72.50 centimetres
Weight: 85 kilograms
Width: 61 centimetres
Depth: 14 centimetres
- Curator's comments
E.A.W. Budge, 'A Guide to the Egyptian Galleries (Sculpture), British Museum' (London 1909), cat.no. 1026;
E.A.E. Reymond, 'From the Records of a Priestly Family from Memphis', vol. 1, 'Agyptologische Abhandlungen' 38 (Wiesbaden, 1981}, cat.no. 18;
S. Walker & P. Higgs [eds.], 'Cleopatra: Regina d'Egitto' (Milan, 2000), p. 134 [II.26] = S. Walker & P. Higgs [eds.], 'Cleopatra of Egypt' (London, 2001), pp. 184-185 ;
S. Albersmeier, Untersuchungen zu den Frauenstatuen des ptolemäischen Ägypten (Mainz am Rhein, 2002), 104 n. 596; 129 n.743; 221 n.320;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' III (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p. 743;
J. Quaegebeur, Chronique d'Egypte 49 (1974), 70 (no. 25).
Translation: Maystre, 'Les grands pretres de Ptah de Memphis' (OBO 113): pp.407-414.
Derchain 'le pique-nique de l'Aulete' in OLA 85 (1998), 1155-67.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006-2007, Frankfurt, Museum Alter Plastic, Egypt, Greece and Rome
2012 23 March - 23 July 2012, Musee Jaquemart Andre, Paris, Le Crepuscule des Pharaons
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- Egypt and Sudan
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.886 (Birch Slip Number)