Votive stela of Userhat

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: late Dynasty 18

Date: ca. 1353–1323 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, Egypt Exploration Society 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


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 Dynasty 18. The complex layering of relief and the style of the figures demonstrate the influence of the art of Amarna at Thebes.