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Funerary stele of Shepen-Bastet

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Round topped stele made from a single piece of wood, covered with plaster on every surface, and painted with light and dark green, red, black, and white. Some slight discoloration at some spots. Plaster cracked and flaked off from some areas. Lower right corner of stele chipped. Decoration...

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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: 32.5 x 20 x 3 cm (12 13/16 x 7 7/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele