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Votive stela of Amenemope
1479 BC-1425 BC

limestone, pigment
36.5 × 24.5 × 8.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
Gallery location
Fashion & Textiles Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
A small, round-topped stela depicting Amenemope, his wife 'snwy wsir' (?) and his son Amenmes adoring Ra-Horakhty. The top of the stela bears two 'wdjat' eyes (the two eyes of the god, being the sun and the moon) flanking 'shen' over 'mw'. Below this are the three figures of Amenemope and his family. On the right is Amenemope, his arms raised in adoration, wearing a white head cloth worn behind the ears, collar and a kilt below the knees. His wife has her right arm upraised and is carrying a small bottle on a string in her left hand. The son has his right hand upraised and is carrying a duck on a string in his left hand; he wears a skull cap, a collar and a kilt to below the knees. Visible beneath the kilts of both men are shorter, more closely fitting kilts. There is a column of inscription within vertical lines in front of Amenemope, which is continued by a second, shorter column without lines. The name and title of the wife is in front of her and that of the son is above the heads of the wife and son. The heiroglyphs are incised and hollowed and the figures and decoration are in low relief. There are traces of blue in many of the hieroglyphs, on the 'shen' sign and on Amenemope's and his son's collar. The 'wdjat' eyes have red pupils, the perfume bottle was red and the duck was originally red; the flesh of Amenemope and his son is red. A red line runs around the edge of the stela and forms a ground line.