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Stela of Qenamun worshipping Amenhotep I and Senwosret I

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reigns of Thutmose III to Thutmose IV
ca. 1479–1390 B.C.
Possibly from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
h. 44 (17 5/16 in), w. 32 cm (12 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1928
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
Amenhotep I, second pharaoh of the New Kingdom, was the focus of a popular cult best attested in monuments from the town of the royal tomb builders at Deir el-Medina. On this stela, which probably comes from the vicinity of this town, a priest named Qenamun burns incense and pours a libation before figures of Amenhotep I (right) and a second deified monarch, Senwosret I of the Middle Kingdom (left). The kings are seated on thrones set on a low platform, with an offering table heaped with choice foods in front of them. Qenamun, his head shaved in priestly fashion, stands before the platform to perform an offering ritual. In the two lines of text at the bottom of the stela a small kneeling figure of Qenamun asks that Amun-Re give offerings to the divine Amenhotep I.
Given to the Museum by Edward S. Harkness, 1928.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 50, fig. 24.

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