Stela



Accession Number
W946
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Votive offerings case
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural element, Stela
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Dynasty
Second century CE/AD
Ruler
Commodus
Material
Stone/minerals
Provenance
Egypt, Armant, Baqaria, Tomb 27
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow
Divine Name
Buchis | Isis

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Description

A sacred cow stela in memory of the mother of the Buchis Bull, which died in AD 190, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Commodus. It was found at the Baqaria in front of tomb 27, Armant. It shows the mummified crowned body of the cow lying on a pedestal. The goddess Isis stands between it and the king or Commodus(?), who is offering incense and water as a libation gift. Five horizontal lines of inscription occupy the lower registers. It was excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society. The Egypt Centre also has several coffin clamps which come from tomb 13 at the Baqaria at Armant, in which the mothers of the Buchis bulls were buried.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 95] Mond, R. and Myers, O.H. 1934. 'The Bucheum' London, Egypt Exploration Society, II, 20.

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Wellcome Number
153443 (Wellcome number comes from Wellcome Institute Amarna Dossier WA/HMM/CM/Col/34 which list under Armant 1929-1931 '153443 Commodus Cow Stela')
Other Identity
W946bis (changed 17.08.2020)
Previous Owners
Egypt Exploration Society | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Excavation Details

https://www.flickr.com/photos/egyptexplorationsociety/30136884556/in/album-72157673713567380/

Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Exhibition
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 31 May 2021

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