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Donation stela: Apries offers land to Bastet

Period:
Late Period, Saite
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26
Reign:
reign of Apries
Date:
589–570 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 2.3 × W. 1.7 cm (7/8 × 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
Accession Number:
04.2.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
From the Third Intermediate Period through the Saite Period a large number of stelae are preserved that, like this one, record the donation of land to temples. These give an unusually rich view into temple and land organization. Most often non-royal persons actually made the gift, and the gift was probably destined for the support of the donor's funerary cult. The donation was generally made through an intermediary somehow attached to the temple and who must have derived some benefit for his agency. For reasons of decorum, usually the reigning king was depicted as the official donor in the scene at the top. Probably because of the nature of land development, almost all such stelae relate to areas in the north of the country.

While King Apries is depicted as the offerer, the four lines of hieroglyphic text record the donation is made by Padeset son of Padenebetsekhet and is to be administered by Pedubast son of Pedehor.
Collection of Judge Elbert E. Farman, formed when he was U.S. consul general in Egypt 1876–84. Donated to the museum by Darius Ogden Mills, New York, in 1904.

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