An Egyptian limestone stele
Lot 10W
An Egyptian limestone stele
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 51,000
Auction Details
An Egyptian limestone stele An Egyptian limestone stele An Egyptian limestone stele An Egyptian limestone stele
Lot Details
An Egyptian limestone stele
Thebes, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, circa 1295–1186 B.C.
Round-topped and carved in sunken relief, the main vignette showing the goddess Hathor on the left seated on a throne, wearing a headdress of cow horns and sun disc, holding the was-sceptre, an inscription above naming her as 'Hathor mistress of Medjedet, lady of heaven, lady of the two lands, mistress of all the gods', an offering table in front of her with bread, meat, a gourd and a basket of fruit, a jar below, the deceased on the right wearing the characteristic apron of a soldier, presenting to Hathor a battle-standard topped by a scene of the King smiting an enemy before the god Montu, the deceased is named 'Kenro, standard-bearer of the regiment "Choice of Montu"', a register below with two women and a man kneeling in adoration, a standard funerary offering formula before them, 'a gift which the king gives to Hathor lady of Medjedet for the chantress Tintnub (and) the lady of his house Mutnefer', referring to the two kneeling women (the second is Kenro's wife), the kneeling male figure at the back carrying a papyrus stem is identified as 'his (Kenro's) son Amenmes', 15in (38.1cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Gawain McKinley (1945-1996), London, acquired in 1978.

    Literature:
    For discussion of other known company standard-bearers, cf. P.M. Chevereau, Prosopographie des cadres militaires égyptiens du Nouvel Empire, Cybele, 1994, pp. 101-116.

    This stele is particularly interesting for the 'Lady of Medjedet' epithet of the goddess Hathor, mentioned next to her seated figure and also in the funerary prayer to her in the lower section. An uncommon epithet, it refers to the worship of Hathor at Medjedet in Middle Egypt, on the west bank, a little below Asyut. Kenro presents the standard to the goddess as though for a blessing and it seems likely that he was a native of Medjedet and that the stele probably originated from there.

    Hathor is also mentioned with this epithet on a Ramesside statue dedicated at Asyut: E. Frood, Writings from the Ancient World. Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt, Atlanta, 2007, pp. 173-4.
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