Votive Stela

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Title

Votive Stela

Date

1292-1191 BC

Context

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19
Egypt
Egyptian

Medium/Dimensions

Limestone
3 7/16 x 7 11/16 x 1 7/16 in. (8.8 x 19.5 x 3.7 cm)

Object Number

1921.012

Description

This fragment formed the uppermost portion of a small votive stela. The top of a double crown with uraeus is visible to the far left, though the face and body are completely missing. The name Usermaat-setepenre Montuemtawy is inscribed in front of the figure, identifying it as a deified form of Ramesses II (reigned 1279-1213 BC). The inscription continues to the right, stating that the stela was made by the scribe Paenmehit. No other figures are preserved, although Paenmehit himself most likely appeared below his name, perhaps kneeling before the king.

The Ramesside and subsequent periods saw a proliferation of votive offerings in temples throughout Egypt. Wealthy individuals would commission statues inscribed with their name, titles, and filiations, to be conspicuously placed within a temple. This allowed the donor to perpetually take part in the particular cult of that temple. Those with scarce resources might erect a stela such as this one in order to receive the beneficence of the gods and the offerings of temple visitors.

Credit Line

Collected by William A. Shelton, funded by John A. Manget

Exhibits/Publications

Peter Lacovara and Betsy Teasley Trope, The Realm of Osiris (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum 2001), 28.

Rights

© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Peter Harholdt.
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On View

No

Citation

“Votive Stela,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 13, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/8049.

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