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Stela of the Temple–Servant of Amun, Irtihareru

Period:
Kushite Period–Saite Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 25–26
Date:
ca. 750–525 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; Said to be from Asasif, Tombs 811-840, MMA excavations, 1929-1930
Medium:
Wood, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
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:
30.3.57
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.

De Meulenaere, Herman, Luc Limme, and Jan Quaegebeur 1985. Peter Munro, Die Spätägyptischen Totenstelen Index et Addenda. Brussels, p. 77.

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