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    Round-topped limestone stela, from the tomb of Horemheb at Saqqara: winged sun-disc with pendant uraei; relief representation of Horemheb, standing with arms uplifted in adoration, before Ra-Horakhty, Thoth and Maat with remains of fifteen columns of hieroglyphs; twenty-five registers of hieroglyphs containing a prayer to Ra; traces of red, blue and yellow paint are visible.

    Round-topped limestone stela of Horemheb: in the arch, carved in low relief, is the winged disc with pendent uraei. The stela is divided into two registers. The first register comprises a scene carved in low relief. The deceased stands with arms uplifted in an attitude of adoration before the deities Ra-Horakhty, Thoth and Maat, who stand on pedestals. The deceased is clad as in the foregoing panels, but without uraeus or fan and wearing a bead collar. In front of and behind him is an incised text in four vertical columns. Ra-Horakhty, whose pedestal is in the shape of a hieroglyphic sign, is falcon-headed and wears a long braided wig surmounted by a disk with uraeus, a bead collar and a short garment reaching to the knees, with tail. He holds an 'ankh' in the right hand and a sceptre in the left. Above him is text incised in five vertical columns. Thoth, who is ibis-headed, is attired like Ra-Horakhty, and also holds an 'ankh' in the right hand and a sceptre in the left. Above him is incised a text, in three vertical columns. Maat, who is human-headed, wears a long braided wig surmounted by a fillet and a feather, and a long tight-fitting dress reaching to the ankles. She holds an 'ankh' in the right hand and a sceptre in the left. Above her is a text, incised in three vertical columns. The second register comprises an inscription, incised in twenty-five horizontal lines. The upper portion of the stele is considerably mutilated and small abrasions have occurred at the edges. Some superficial cracks are visible, but otherwise the text is in an excellent state of preservation. The bodies of the males, the disc of Horakhty, the dress and fillet of Maat bear considerable traces of red paint. Yellow is visible in many of the hieroglyphs and some bright blue remains at the edges.


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 100 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

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        first register
      • Inscription Comment

        Fifteen columns of incised text (traces of yellow paint visible).
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        second register
      • Inscription Comment

        Twenty-five lines of incised hieroglyphs (traces of yellow paint visible).
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography: T. Martin, ‘The Memphite tomb of Ḥoremḥeb, commander-in-chief of Tutʻankhamåun’ (London, 1989), pl 21-2;
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' III (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p. 196; Part 2, p. 660;
    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 186-7.


  • Bibliography

    • Edwards 1939 pl.28 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp.186-187 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G4/CSE

  • Condition

    fair (top damaged)

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • ES.551
COMPASS Title: Limestone stela of Horemheb


COMPASS Title: Limestone stela of Horemheb

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