Stele

Stele of Ta-miu

Stele of Ta-miu

This wooden stele would have been placed near the mummy of a married woman called Ta-miu whose name means ‘the cat’. She is given the title ‘Lady of the House’ which may mean is a married woman. Ta-miu is the daughter of Ankh-Khonsu, Superintendent of the Temple of Amun. Both sides of the stele are...

Stele of the Vizier Ptahmose

Stele of the Vizier Ptahmose

This stele comes from the tomb (most probably in Thebes; its current location is unknown) of this well-known Vizier Ptahmose from the reign of Amenhotep III. The quality of the carving shows the level of perfection achieved by certain specialist workshops in Upper Egypt during this period. In the middle section is Ptahmose, sitting next...

Limestone fragmentary stele with Akhenaten

Fragmentary stele of Akhenaten

In this stele, Akhenaten is slouched on a low-backed, cushioned chair with side struts in the form of the ancient royal symbol for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, which is partly obscured by the long sash of his pleated kilt. The Aten disk was above him, in the center of the stele. The...

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone is a stele composed of granodiorite inscribed with three versions of a decree issued in Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes. It was found in a small village in the Delta called Rosetta (Rashid). It is called the Rosetta Stone because it...

Stele of Princess Nefertiabet and her Food

Stele of Princess Nefertiabet

The King’s relatives, such as Princess Nefertiabet, Khufu’s daughter—depicted on this relief stele found in her tomb (G 1225) in Giza—were buried beside the sovereign’s pyramid. Nefertiabet is shown seated facing right. She is depicted with a long wig and a panther-skin garment. An offering table in front of her bears reeds, as is common,...

House altar of King Akhenaten and his family

House altar of Akhenaten and his family

This small stele of Akhenaten and his family, probably used as a home altar. It gives an seldom opportunity to view a scene from the private live of the king and queen. We see Akhenaten and Nefertiti shown with the three oldest of their five daughters. While the daughters are being held and caressed by...

Stele of Nanai

When Osiris (above center) was killed, he was sent to rule over the Underworld with his fellow god, Anubis (above left). Together they watched over the dead, while Osiris’s son, Horus, became the patron god of the living pharaohs. This detail from the ancient Egyptian Stele of Nanai shows the deceased adoring Osiris and Anubis....

Stele of Amenemhat and his family

This rectangular stele made out of painted limestone shows Amenemhat with his wife, son, and daughter. All the figures are shown seated except his daughter.  She stands before an offering table heaped with different kinds of offerings. The son is depicted seated between his mother and father. Beneath the seated lady, there is a basket containing...

Stele of Akhenaten and his family. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 44865

Stela of Akhenaten and his family

The limestone stela shows King Akhenaten and his family as a “Holy Family.” It is considered to be an icon and was intended to be kept in a private chapel of an Amarna house. The stele, topped by the cavetto cornice, is decorated with a scene of an intimate moment from the daily life of...

Great Hymn to the Aten

The Great Hymn to the Aten. A detail of a painted low relief depicts King Akhenaten and his family adoring the sun god Aten. The stele showing Akhenaten and Nefertiti offering to the Aten, followed by their two eldest daughters shaking sistrum. The stele was completed but here is still a grid of red draft...