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Funerary stele of Seperefha-Khonsu

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Round-topped stele of a single piece of wood, covered entirely with a layer of plaster, and painted with red, blue, green, black, and white. Some darkening and fading of colors. Large cracks in wood, and plaster chipped or worn away in spots. At top a sun disk is depicted with...

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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: 34.6 x 21.2 x 2.5 cm (13 5/8 x 8 3/8 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele