Plaster cast of a stela



Accession Number
EC1305
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Egypt and its Neighbours
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Replicas | Architecture, Architectural element, Stela
Period
Modern
Material
Plaster
Provenance
Israel, Jerusalem
Measurements
Height: 287mm | Width: 202mm | Depth: 19mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Divine Name
Mekal

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Description

A plaster cast of a New Kingdom funerary stela depicting a certain Amunemope and his son Paraemheb worshipping a god named "Mekal, god of Beth-Shean". Mekal is a most mysterious god, as he still lacks secure identification in other Egyptian and Levantine sources. The original stela found in 1928 in Beth-Shean (northern Palestine), during excavations of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, directed by Alan Rowe. It is now in the Israel Museum (IAA S-982). The cast of the stela was given to the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in 1933 by the Department of Antiquities of Jerusalem through the offices of James Starkey. On loan at Swansea since 1971 from the Wellcome Trust.

Bibliography

Levy, Eythan 2018. A fresh look at the Mekal stele. Ägypten und Levante 28, 359–378.

Inscription

Above the god: mkr nṯr ⌜ꜥꜣ⌝ <nb> bꜣti͗-šꜣr Mekal, the ⌜great⌝ god, <lord of> Beth-Shean Above the deceased: i͗ r n ḳd ⌜i͗mn-m-i͗pt⌝ mꜣꜥ-ḫrw i͗n sꜣ.f pꜣ-rꜥ-m-ḥb Made for the architect ⌜Amunemopet⌝, true of voice, by his son Paraemhebf. Lower register: (1) ḥtp(t)-di͗-nswt (n) mkr nṯr ꜥꜣ di͗.f n.k ꜥnḫ wḏꜣ snb (2) spd-ḥr ḥsw(t) mrwt rꜣ wḏꜣ(w) nmtt (r) st(.s) (r) pḥt.k i͗mꜣḫ (3) ⌜m ḥtp n kꜣ n ḥs⌝ nṯr.f ḳd i͗mn-m-i͗pt mꜣꜥ-[ḫrw (4) i͗n sꜣ.f pꜣ-rꜥ-m-ḥb] (1) Royal offering for Mekal, the great god, that he might grant you life, power, health, (2) sharp vision,, honor, love, a discerning mouth, freedom of movement, until you have reached the state of venerable (3) ⌜in peace⌝. ⌜For the ka of the honored⌝ of his god, the architect Amunemope, jus[tified, (4) by his son Paraemheb].

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Personal Names
Amunemope (i͗mn-m-i͗pt) | Paraemhab (pꜣ-rꜥ-m-ḥb)
Last modified: 09 Aug 2021

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