An Egyptian wood polychrome and gilt stele for Meresamun
Saite Period, circa 650 B.C.
Painted in turquoise, green, red and yellow over gesso with gilded details, a winged sun-disc beneath the rounded top, a central vignette with five figures below, the deceased woman Meresamun is shown on the right adoring a falcon-headed sun-god protected by a giant snake, with Osiris, Isis and Nephthys standing behind him, the goddesses with their names above, with four rows of text below 'words spoken by the Osiris, the residence singer of Amun, Meresamun, true of voice, daughter of Paybes, true of voice, her mother the lady of the house Ta-amun-pa-ihay true of voice. Hail to you Osiris (foremost) of the west, great god, Lord of Abydos. Grant a safe journey', 13½in (34.5cm) long, framed