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Stela of the God's-Father of Amun Pakeshi

Third Intermediate Period–Saite Period
Dynasty 25–26
ca. 750–525 B.C.
From Egypt
Wood, gesso, paint
36.6 x 29 cm (14 7/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of James Douglas, 1890
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
As part of the burial equipment, funerary stelae made a prayer for offerings for the maintenance of the deceased. In addition to forms of Osiris, Re-Harakhty and Atum—as the rising and setting sun and thus connected with continued life—are particularly favored focal gods. In contrast to stelae of the Third Intermediate Period, subdued coloring and a more standardized style are adopted in this period.

This stela was intended for Pakeshi, whose name would suggest he was a Kushite, and names the god’s-father of Amun, Nespautitawi, as his father. Pakeshi adores the god Osiris followed by the Four Sons of Horus, although the gods' name panels have not been filled in.
Above: nTr aA nb p.t, '(Horus) of Edfu, the great god, lord of heaven'
Inscription below:
Htp Di nswt wsjr nb dd.w nTr aA nb AbD.w Di=f xA
t' H(n)q.t kA.w Apd.w snTr qbH.w Ss mnx.t mrH.t
jrp jrt.t Htp.w Df(A.w) (j)x.t nb(.t) nfr.t wab.t anx(.t) nTr jm=sn
DD p.t qmA tA jnn Hapy r s.t=f n kA n wsjr
jtj-nTr jmn pA-kS mAa xrw zA jtj-nTr jmn
Offering which the king gives (and) Osiris lord of Busiris, the great god, lord of Abydos, may he give thousand
of bread, beer, bulls, fowl, incense, libation, alabaster, cloths, oil,
wine, milk, offerings, provisions, (and) every good and pure thing on which a god lives,
which the heaven give, the land fashions, and the inundation brings to its place for the soul of the osiris
god's father of Amun Pakesh true of voice son of god's father of Amun Nespautitawi.
Collection of Dr. James Douglas, Quebec City. This piece was probably acquired between 1851–1865, when he is known to have traveled and collected in Egypt. Donated to the Museum by his son James S. Douglas, 1890.

De Meulenaere, Herman, Luc Limme, and Jan Quaegebeur 1985. Peter Munro, Die Spätägyptischen Totenstelen Index et Addenda. Brussels, p. 77.

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