Stela of Tatiaset

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126

This is one of four stelae found near the doorway of the brick chapel of the family of Saiah, a wab, or purification priest of Amun who lived during the latter half of the 22nd Dynasty. The original tomb in whose courtyard this chapel was built dates to the 11th Dynasty, over a century earlier. All of the stelae are made of wood, painted in green, red, yellow and black on a white gesso ground.

The Mistress of the House, Chantress of Amun, Tatiaset, was a daughter of Siah. She was married to a Scribe of the House of the Divine votaress of Amun, Djedbastet, son of Merenkhonsu. One side of her stela shows the deceased being led by Anubis toward the seated statue of Ra-Harakhty. The other has the deceased on the left, facing the right. She and her husband, each seated on a chair, receive water from Nut in the tree. The goddess, as was common in this period, is shown in a frontal view.

Stela of Tatiaset, Wood, paste, paint

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