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Stela of Pekysis

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
1st century B.C.–A.D. 4th century
Geography:
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Graeco-Roman Cemetery, Tomb 193, Garstang excavations 1907
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 38 cm (14 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.2.44
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 138
Flanked by Anubis and Osiris are four figures identified by the Greek inscription "two adults, Pekysis, son of Aruotes, and his brother Pachoumis; two children, "Tbaikis the elder and Tbaikis the younger." Pekysis is probably the individual holding a torch, an attribute unusual in Egyptian-style funerary stelae, although it
does have chthonic or underworld associations in Greco-Roman mythology. Anubis carries the key that symbolizes his role as guardian of the tomb and the one having access to the underworld.
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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