Inv. n°: MMoCA548

Egyptian Figurative Limestone Funerary Stele Inscribed for Iret-Hor-Ru

Inscribed for Iret-hor-ru, son of Hetires, priest of the god Onuris, “scribe of the shrine of the God…”, the one who is venerated under Osiris, foremost of the Westeners…”. Carved in sunken relief with the deceased standing in a naos and raising his hand in adoration before Osiris, Horus, and Isis. A table laden with food offerings and a large lotus flower between them, three lines of inscription below, the naos surmounted by a cavetto cornice ornamented with two winged sun-disks and a frieze of uraei, surmounted in turn by a nefer-sign flanked by Eyes of Horus and recumbent figures of Anubis, another winged sun-disk in the lunette. Traces in red pigment.

h. 50.8 x w. 33.4 x ø 6.5 cm

Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 BC

Limestone

Provenance

  • New York private collection, sold at Sotheby's Park Bernet, 19th May 1979
  • Pennsylvania private collection
  • Sotheby's "Antiquities" sale N08215, 6th June 2006, lot 75
  • Acquired at Charles Ede Ltd., London, 27th April 2010, lot 7673W

Publications

  • Sotheby's, "Antiquities" sale N08215, 6th June 2006, lot 75
  • "Egyptian Antiquities", Charles Ede Ltd., 2010, p. 16
  • P. Clayton, "Ancient Egypt" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 37, fig. 10
  • M. Merrony, "L'Ancienne Egypte" in M. Merrony (ed.), Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins, La Collection Famille Levett, France, 2012, p. 25

Exhibitions

  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011

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