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Ear stele

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This type of stele was commonly deposited outside the temple walls, as the average person in Egypt had little access to the gods' temples. The small, limestone stele has a human ear at the top, which was inteded to represent the ear of the god, which would hear the prayers of poius Egyptians....

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From Giza, cemetery 7000. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, January 1926; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1550–1070 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 12.7 x 9.1 x 2.2 cm (5 x 3.6 x .85 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele