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Votive stela of Userhat

New Kingdom
late Dynasty 18
ca. 1353–1323 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, Egypt Exploration Society excavations, 1905
Limestone, paint
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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
In the text on this stela, Userhat testifies to his own good qualities and to his trust in his god, probably Amun. He is shown here with his wife, Nefertari. Userhat was a priest in the mortuary cults of both Amenhotep III and Tutankhamun, but complex layering of the relief and the style of the figures date this stela a time after the Amarna Period (the reign of Akhenaten, son of Amenhotep III).
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.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 240, 306, fig. 191.

Eaton-Krauss, Marianne 2016. The Unknown Tutankhamun. London, pp. 46-47, 153n35.

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