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Funerary Stela

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
1st century B.C.–A.D. 4th century
Geography:
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Garstang excavations 1907
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 53 cm (20 7/8 in); weight 76.2 kg (168 lbs)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.2.43
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
In the uppermost register of this stela, Anubis presents the deceased to the enthroned Osiris. Below are the two mourning goddesses Isis and Nephthys. Although crudely executed, the plain silhouetted forms and overlarge heads convey the subject matter with considerable impact.
Excavated by John Garstang on behalf of Oxford University, 1907. Acquired by the University in the division of finds. Purchased from the Oxford University Expedition to Nubia by the Museum, 1920.

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