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Archeological Object

Wooden stele

Wooden stele

The funeral stele has the top decorated with the winged sun disk. Below are two symmetrical panels, separated by a column of hieroglyphics, in which the deceased is represented  accompanied by the god Thot in the presence of Osiris (right panel) and by Anubis in the presence of the god Ra (left panel). The column of text reads: "Words spoken by Osiris, Lord of Busiri, Great God, Lord of eternity."
The lower part of the stele was decorated with a hieroglyphic text of which are easily read only the first three lines.
The first three lines of the text contain an offering formula with the invocation to different gods:
1) An offering which the king give to Ra, the great god, Lord of the sky, to Khepri, King of the gods, Lord of the Two Lands, to Atum, who is of Heliopolis,
2) to Osiris, Lord of Busiri, Great God, Lord of Abydos, to Wnennefer, Great God, King of eternity, to Sokar -
3) Osiris, who lives in the Shetit-sanctuary, to Ptah who is south of his wall, Lord of Ankhtaui, consisting of bread, jars of beer, oxen, birds, incense, wine and milk (... ... ... ..).
The missing part of the text was certainly present the formula “for the ka of" followed by the name of the deceased, whose name does not appear; the name of the deceased is no longer legible even in hieroglyphics originally inside of the panes containing the figurative scenes.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.40375
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Gift of Captain Giulio Venini in 1902
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Abu Simbel

  Definizione: Funerary stele
  Class and ware: Funerary furnishings
  Title or subject:

Wooden stele

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Saitic period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Wood
  Technique: Overpainting
  Height: 32,8
  Width: 23
  Thickness: 2,3
  Varie: Conservation status: pinstripes and painted completely disappeared in the lower part of the stele; the wood has cracks in several places

1979, Lise G., “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano,p. 26 (cat.67), tables 78-79

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