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Stela of Aafenmut

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 22
reign of Osorkon I
ca. 924–889 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Khokha, Tomb of Aafenmut (MMA 832), Pit 2, MMA excavations, 1914–15 (White)
Wood, paint
h. 23 cm (9 1/16 in); w. 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in); th. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The small wooden stela of Aafenmut is topped by the solar barque in the sky, which is supported by the emblems of the east (on the right) and the west (on the left). The deceased, wearing a wrap-around dress over a tunic, presents incense to the seated sun god, Ra-Harakhty, from whom he is separated by an offering table.
The inscription runs continualy from left to right, but the first three lines are written in retrograde : nTr aA nb pt Di=f Htp.t n wsjr n zXA.w pr-HD aA=f-n-mw.t
Ra-Harakhty, the great god, lord of heaven, may he give offerings to Osiris, to the scribe of the treasury, Aafenmut
Museum excavations, 1914-1915. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1915. Brought to New York from Luxor and accessioned, 1928.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2007. Inschriften der Spatzeit, Teil II: Die 22.-24. Dynastie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 69, cat. 13.48.

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, pp. 219, 349, 354.

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