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Funerary stele of Iretiru

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Round topped stele formed of one piece of wood, coated with plaster (now badly cracked and chipped), and painted. Somewhat irregularly shaped with uneven surface. Wood also cracked in spots. At top is depicted (now heavily damaged) a sun disk with wings of red, green, and blue. A caption...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 29.5 x 23.9 x 2.4 cm (11 5/8 x 9 7/16 x 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele