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Stela of the sistrum-player Wedjashu, daughter of the royal scribe Hor

Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemaic Dynasty
2nd century B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis)
H. 59 cm (23 1/4 in.); W. 36 cm (14 3/16 in.); D. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Edmundo Lassalle Gift, 1968
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The scene at the top of the stela depicts Wedjashu, the daughter of Hor, worshipping Osiris, Harendotes (who is identified with Min in Akhmim), Anubis, Isis and Nephthys. The offering formula in the text names Osiris, Sokar-Osiris, Harendotes, Isis and Nephthys plus all the gods of Ipw - the ancient name of Akhmim - on behalf of Wedjashu who was a sistrum player. Her father Hor was a royal scribe, and her mother was the housemistress Ankhes.
Purchased from Ernst Kofler, Lucerne, 1968. Purchased by him from Maguid Sameda, Cairo, 1966. Previously Georges Michailidis Collection, Cairo.

Munro, Peter 1973. Die spätägyptischen Totenstelen. Glueckstadt, p. 323, fig. 189.

Bianchi, Robert 1976. "Varia Metropolitana." In Göttinger Miszellen, 22, p. 21.

De Meulenaere, Herman, Luc Limme, and Jan Quaegebeur 1985. Peter Munro, Die Spätägyptischen Totenstelen Index et Addenda. Brussels, p. 27.

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