8 June 2005
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE STELA FOR SA-HATHOR
MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII, 1991-1783 B.C.
Rectangular in form, crowned by a cavetto cornice and framed on three sides by a torus molding, inscribed in neatly incised hieroglyphs with the standard funerary prayer invoking Osiris for the deceased Sa-Hathor, sculpted in shallow raised relief in three registers, the upper with the deceased to the left, seated before a table piled high with offerings, his mother Sat-Sobek in adoration to the right, a cosmetic jar in the field before her, the lower two registers with relatives of the deceased sniffing lotus flowers, the middle register with a son, Djehuty-Hotep, seated to the left, the deceased's wife Hathor-Hotep seated to the right, an offering table between them, the lower register with three standing sons, from left to right, Djehuty-Khet, Sankh-Ptah and Senwesret, pigment preserved throughout
23 in. (58.4 cm.) high
with Nicholas Tano (1866-1924), Cairo.
North American Private Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 12 June 1993, lot 25.
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For two similar stele, each of the "old palace facade type" with a cavetto cornice and torus molding, see fig. 220, p. 332 & fig. 222, p. 335 in Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt I.
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