AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD STELA FOR NESKHONS
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
Painted in white, red, yellow, green, blue and black on a cream ground, the main scene with the deceased Neskhons standing before a row of deities facing right, including Osiris and the Four Sons of Horus, human-headed Imsety, baboon-headed Hapy, jackal-headed Duamutef, and falcon-headed Qebehsenuef, the deities depicted mummiform, Neskhons and Osiris labeled, an offering stand between them topped with a jar and a lotus blossom, the scene framed on three sides with a khekher frieze, a winged solar disk in the lunette above, with five horizontal lines of hieroglyphic text below reading: 1) An offering which the King gives to Osiris, Foremost of the West, the Great God, of Abydos, that he may give invocation-offerings of bread and beer, 2) oxen and fowl, incense and clothing, wine and milk, all offerings and 3) all food, all good and pure things on which one lives, 4) for [the ka of the Osiris Neskhons(?)], praised/favored of Amen-Re, King of the 5) Gods, great of offering-loaves, ..living, Khons, and Mut, the Great One(?)
290 x 235 mm.