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Votive stela of Userhat

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, late
Date:
ca. 1353–1323 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, EES excavations, 1905
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 42.5 cm (16 3/4 in); w. 48 cm (18 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1905
Accession Number:
05.4.2
  • Description

    Fragment of a Stela
    Late Dynasty 18, ca. 1327-1295 B.C.
    Limestone
    From Thebes, Deir el-Bahri

    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1905 (05.4.2)

    Userhat, shown here with his wife Nefertari, testifies to his own good qualities and to his trust in his god, probably Amun. As Userhat was a priest in the mortuary cults of both Amenhotep III and Tutankhamun, the couple must have lived during the later Eighteenth Dynasty. The complex layering of relief and the style of the figures demonstrate the influence the art of Amarna had at Thebes.

  • Provenance

    Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund in the area of the temple of Mentuhotep II at Deir el-Bahri. Donated to the Museum by the EEF, 1905.

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