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Votive stela of Nebemwesekh dedicated to the goddess Taweret
New Kingdom, Dynasties XIX–XX 1295 BCE-1069 BCE

19.3 × 16.7 × 4.8
Place/s of Execution
carved in hieroglyphs: (translation: Thaeris. Dedicated (made) by the Mistress of the House 'Nebuem wsh'(?), justified)
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
A small, round-topped stela, damaged at upper left. Decorated on the front, with smooth sides and a rough back. The scene is contained within an incised line around the edge of the stela, with the figures standing on the bottom line. Decoration: on the right is a lady wearing a long wig and tight-fitting dress with an over-dress with wide sleeves (typical Ramesside garb). There is a line around her head which may be the stem of a lotus bud which can just be discerned. She holds one hand up in adoration to the goddess Taweret and also offers a cake or vase. Taweret is shown as a hippopotamus with female head and stands upright on a pedestal. She wears a lappet wig, the back part reaching nearly to the pedestal, and a crown in the form of 'shen' sign- the symbol for eternity. Both of her arms are held out slightly in front and rest upon an elongated 'sa' sign- the symbol for protection. Between the figures is a tall stand supporting a bouquet of six lotus flowers or papyrus umbels. Above the offering stand and the lady are four short columns of text. The decoration is in low relief with rounded internal features.