Stela



Accession Number
W56
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor)
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural element, Stela
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Stone/minerals (Granite)
Provenance
Egypt
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Snake

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Description

Stela depicting two serpents, one with beard and crown with sun-disc, the other with double feather between horns. They are Isis-Thermouthis and Serapis-Agathodaimon. They are guarantors of royal power and the fertility of the land. The bearded serpent is probably a syncretisation of the Agathodaemon of the Greeks who protected the house and was a guarantor of the the fertility of the land. Purchased by Captain Johnston Saint from the dealer Elias Hatoun in Egypt in 1931. Arabic numbers written on the back.

Bibliography

Anonymous (ed.) 1995. Egypte onomwonden: Egyptische oudheden van museum Vleeshuis. Antwerpen: Stad Antwerpen; Pandora/Snoeck-Ducaju. [no. 23 for parallel] Beck, Herbert 2006. Ägypten, Griechenland, Rom: Abwehr und Berührung: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, 26. November 2005–26. Februar 2006. Frankfurt am Main: Liebighaus. [pp. 291–304, 703–704] Leibovitch, Joseph 1953. Gods of agriculture and welfare in ancient Egypt. Journal of Near Eastern Studies 12 (2), 73–113. [p. 105, fig. 14 for similar scene]

Last modified: 10 Oct 2020

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