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Stela of the Temple–Servant of Amun, Irtihareru

Kushite Period–Saite Period
Dynasty 25–26
ca. 750–525 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; Said to be from Asasif, Tombs 811-840, MMA excavations, 1929-1930
Wood, gesso, paint
L: 35 cm (13 3/4 in); W: 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in); Th: 2 cm (13/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
As part of the burial equipment, funerary stelae made a prayer for offerings for the maintenance of the deceased. In addition to forms of Osiris, Re-Harakhty and Atum—as the rising and setting sun and thus connected with continued life—are particularly favored focal gods. In contrast to stelae of the Third Intermediate Period, subdued coloring and a more standardized style are adopted in this period.

Here the temple-servant of Amun Irtihareru, son of the temple-servant of Amun Ankhnidi and the lady of the house Tatjenfi, adores Osiris on the right side and Atum on the left side.
Purchased from a Luxor dealer, 1930. Believed to have originated from the Museum's excavations.

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