Stela of Aafenmut

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126

The small wooden stela is topped by the solar barque in the sky, which is supported by the emblems of the east (on the right) and the west (on the left). Aafenmut, identified here as a Scribe of the Treasury, offers incense to the seated sun god, Re-Harakhty, who is shown as a mummy with the head of a falcon. Aafenmut is in festival dress, wearing a pleated, diaphanous robe, a broad collar, and bracelets. On his head is a cone of scented wax and a lotus bud. Between the two figures is an offering table piled high with bread, fruit, and flowers.

Stela of Aafenmut, Wood, gesso, paint

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