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stela

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA555

  • Description

    Limestone stela of Khabekhnet: round-topped stela divided into three scenes in sunk relief with incised texts. In the upper register is the bark of Khabekhnet with a figure of the god in raised relief in the centre of the disk. On the left is an 'wedjat'-eye and on the right a 'sn' sign. In the middle register the necropolis-workman Khabekhnet kneels in adoration on the left before a royal figure with a sidelock, probably a deified prince, and the goddess Hathor in the form of a cow emerging from a mountain. In the lower register Khabekhnet and his wife 'Sʒḥtỉ kneel in adoration on the left. There are ten columns of text with a prayer to Hathor on their behalf. There are traces of yellow paint in the hieroglyphs and on the bark, figures, altar, cow and mountain.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62.5 centimetres
    • Width: 41.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        top register
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised. One horizontal line of text.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        middle register
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised. Seven columns of text.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        lower register
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised. Ten columns of text.
  • Curator's comments

    The workman Khabekhnet, son of the workman Sennedjem, and his wife Sahte, daughter of the sculptor Piay, flourished in 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' (Warminster, 1975), 30-1; M. L. Bierbrier, 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' 68 (1982), 85-92; K. A. Kitchen, 'Ramesside inscriptions : translated & annotated Translations Vol.3, Ramesses II, his contemporaries' (Oxford, 2000), 799-817).

    Bibliography:
    The British Museum, 'A guide to the Egyptian galleries (Sculpture)' (London, 1909), 174 (no. 630);
    The British Museum, ‘A General Introductory Guide to the Egyptian Collections in the British Museum’ (London, 1930), 200, fig. 108;
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), i, 8;
    K. A. Kitchen, 'Ramesside inscriptions : translated & annotated Translations Vol.3, Ramesses II, his contemporaries' (Oxford, 2000), 816-17;
    'Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt' [exhibition catalogue] (Japan 1999-2000), [22]; 'Les artistes de Pharaon : Deir el-Médineh et la Vallée des Rois' (Paris, 2002), pp. 286-287 [230];
    G. Andreu and A. Roveri [eds.], 'Gli artisti del Faraone' (Turin, 2003), p.260 [222].

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  • Bibliography

    • Bierbrier 1993 Pl.30-31 bibliographic details
    • Hall 1925 pl.31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001 26 Jun-23 Sep, Birmingham Gas Hall, Egypt Revealed
    2005-2006 22 Feb-29 May, London, The Jewish Museum, Passover
    2006-2007 6 Oct-18 Feb, Tokyo, National Museum of Nature and Science, Mummy: The Inside Story
    2007 17 Mar-17 Jun, Kobe City Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story

  • Condition

    The stela is well preserved apart from some damage around the edges and some wear on the surface.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA555

  • Registration number

    .555

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.555 (Birch Slip Number)
Round-topped limestone stela of Khabekhnet with painted relief detail divided into three registers: 1 - Solar-barque. 2 - Deceased kneeling in adoration before a priestly figure and the Hathor-cow emerging from the mountains of the West; seven columns of

Round-topped limestone stela of Khabekhnet with painted relief detail divided into three registers: 1 - Solar-barque. 2 - Deceased kneeling in adoration before a priestly figure and the Hathor-cow emerging from the mountains of the West; seven columns of

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