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Funerary Stela of the God's-Father, Nesikhonsu

Late Period, Saite
Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, passage, MMA excavations, 1923–24
Limestone, paint, gold leaf
H. 46 x W. 34.5 cm (18 1/8 x 13 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
At the top right of the stela stands Re-Harakhty, followed by Nesikhonsu. In the lines beneath them on the right half of the stela is a prayer that asks, "O Re, lord of rays, who rises in the east of the sky, may you shine in the face of the Osiris [Nesikhonsu]," followed by an extensive listing of Nesikhonsu's offices in the Theban area. At the top left stands Atum, followed by Nesikhonsu; the prayer in the lines beneath begins: "Hail, Atum, in this your final return, apparent as you cross the sky and land in peace. When you sail above each island and land, the gods and people come to you in song, giving you praise. Lay your perfect peace on the Osiris [Nesikhonsu]."

In the left half of the scene gold leaf may be seen on the figure of Atum and the large lotus blossom atop the libation jar and table.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 202, 355.

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