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Stela of Ptahmose

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Date:
ca. 1320–1290 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphite Necropolis
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 142.2 cm (56 in)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
This funerary stela, belonging to the royal Scribe and Overseer of the Royal Harem, Ptahmose, contains four separate offering prayers to Ptah-Soker-Osiris. Above the main text, Ptahmose himself appears, worshiping the god. The form, style, and text of the stela point to Memphis as its place of origin.
First noted as in the collection of M. Fournier, a french mechanic in the service of the Egyptian Navy as early as 1873. Brought by Lieutenant Commander Henry H. Gorringe from Egypt before 1885. Purchased in 1967 by the museum from Thayer Fremont-Smith, Boston, lawyer acting on behalf of Frank Fremont-Smith, Laura Fremont-Smith, and Dorothea Motley, eventual heirs of Mrs. Thomas Hiland, the sister of Henry H. Gorringe.

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