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Archeological Object

Stele of Shemen

Stele of Shemen

The stele shows an offering scene framed between two slender papyrus columns. The deceased is represented in the presence of family members, sitting on a chair with legs in the shape of the paws of a lion and is wearing a shirt with short sleeves and a V-neck and a long skirt. One of the daughters of the deceased is depicted naked with short hair beside the chair and she is accompanied by hieroglyphs that identify her: "His daughter Neferamon”.
His wife is shown in front of the deceased while offering him a cup and then, the second daughter of the couple who is offering a jar of ointment; the young woman is identified by the inscription: "His daughter Baketamon”.
The funerary offerings for the deceased, lying on a low table, are portrayed in the background.
Under the figurative scene there are two horizontal lines containing the inscription:
"1 - An offering which the king gives (consisting of) bread, beer, oxen, birds, incense, perfume and all things good and pure to the ka of
2-the gatekeeper of Amon, Shemen, the possessor of reverence."
The top of the stele is decorated with an inscription on five columns. The hieroglyphics engraved on the first column on the left, just above the representation of his wife, read: "The mistress of the house Tetres", while the other four columns show the following text:
 "1 - The gatekeeper of Amon
   2 - the bearer of offering of 
   3-Satamon, that she can live forever, for eternity,  4-Shemen "
The element that allows us to date this object is the name in the cartouche (Satamon), daughter of Amenhotep III.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 16
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Theban area

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

Stele of Shemen

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XVIII Dynasty - the reign of Amenhotep III
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Limestone
  Height: 40,5
  Width: 27,5
  Depth: 5
  Varie: Conservation status: good. There is chipping on the edges and there are still traces of color.

1996, Sist L.,  “Museo Barracco. Arte Egizia” Quaderno - 3, Roma, pp. 53-54