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Funerary stele of Padikhonsu

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Round-topped stele fashioned of two vertical pieces joined by two dowels (join corresponds to diagonal break in photo). All surfaces coated with plaster, then painted in red, yellow, blue, green, black, and white. Surface is in somewhat poor condition, with gesso layer separating from wood and...

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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 25, 760–660 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 24 x 23 x 2.5 cm (9 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele