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Stela (Commemorative Stone) Depicting the Funeral of Ramose

A work made of sandstone and pigment.
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  • A work made of sandstone and pigment.


New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Ramesses II (about 1279–1213 BCE)


Egyptian; Probably Armant or Thebes (now Luxor), Egypt

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Ancient Egyptians used mummification and ritual to transform the body into a new entity called a sah, a crucial step in preparing the deceased for life after death. A ceremony called the Opening of the Mouth, depicted here, was a pivotal step in the process. As the name suggests, the rite restored function to the deceased’s mouth, allowing them to eat and drink in the afterlife. At the right end of this scene, a jackal-headed figure holds Ramose’s anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin upright. A pair of priests in front of the coffin burn incense and pour libations, while a third recites sacred texts from a papyrus scroll.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Stela (Commemorative Stone) Depicting the Funeral of Ramose


Egypt (Object made in)

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Made 1279 BCE–1213 BCE


Sandstone and pigment


Thou art pure as Horus is pure, Horus is pure as thou art pure; thou art pure as Suti (Set) is pure, Suti is pure as thou art pure.." continuing with the same phrases in the names of Thoth and even of a fourth diety. Two lines of inscription below contain a prayer for offerings addressed to Osiris, Isis, Anubis, Hathor and other dieties. Deceased is a Priest of Montu, Ramose. His wife is named Henut-mehyt.


111.8 × 84.5 × 12.1 cm (44 × 33 1/4 × 4 3/4 in.)

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