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Stela of Senres and Hormose

Both this funerary stela and the adjacent one, illustrate a popular Dynasty 18 type. The rounded top represents the sun’s path across the dome of the sky. A pair of wedjat-eyes—symbols of the sun and moon as well as of wholeness—frame a shen-ring, representing the sun’s universal, cyclical course. The stela’s owner Senres is shown sniffing a lotus, an emblem of eternal rebirth, while accepting food offerings. Senres’s wife, Hormes, is depicted grasping his arm in a gesture of intimacy. The offering prayer below ends by stating that Hormes commissioned this stela for her husband.

MEDIUM Limestone
Place Made: Egypt
DATES ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 16 7/8 x 8 5/16 x 1 5/8 in. (42.9 x 21.1 x 4.2 cm)  
ACCESSION NUMBER 07.420
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
Brooklyn Museum



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