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Painted stela of Djedbastet

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 22
ca. 825–712 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 801, MMA excavations, 1921–22
Wood, gesso, paint
H. 29.3 cm
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
This stela is one of four found near the doorway of a brick chapel built during the 22nd Dynasty (ca. 800 B.C.) in the courtyard of a usurped tomb of Dynasty 11 (ca. 2050 B.C.). The painted panels belong to family members and associates of a wab (purification) priest named Siah. All of the stelae are painted in green, red, yellow and black on a white gesso ground.

Here Djedbastet, son of Penby, raises his arms in adoration before the falcon-headed Re-Horakhty-Atum. The inscription identifies him as a wab priest of Amun and a Scribe of the [House of the] Divine Votaress of Amun. Djedbastet's relationship to the Siah family is not clear. Note the offering stand between the two figures, which is almost identical to that seen on another of the stelae from this chapel (see 22.3.32).
Excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition at Thebes, 1921-22. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds.

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. 218, 349, 354.

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