Exhibitions/ Art Object

Votive stela of Userhat

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
late Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1353–1323 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, Egypt Exploration Society excavations, 1905
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in); w. 48 cm (18 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1905
Accession Number:
05.4.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
In the text on this stela, Userhat testifies to his own good qualities and to his trust in his god, probably Amun. He is shown here with his wife, Nefertari. Userhat was a priest in the mortuary cults of both Amenhotep III and Tutankhamun, but complex layering of the relief and the style of the figures date this stela a time after the Amarna Period (the reign of Akhenaten, son of Amenhotep III).
Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund in the area of the temple of Mentuhotep II at Deir el-Bahri. Donated to the Museum by the EEF, 1905.

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