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A232 Ancestor Stela                                                                                                                                                                      



a232Fragment of stone stela showing person holding lotus flower. It is 10cm in height.

The inscription shows that this is an ‘ancestor stela’ dedicated to ‘the excellent spirits of Re’. Several of these have been found in homes, though others have been found in chapels and tombs.  Egyptologists believe that these may well have been a way of the living contacting the dead. Most have been found at Deir el-Medina and date to the Ramesside Period (1295-1069 BC) though it is probable that ours comes from Abydos.

Gift from University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Other items from Abydos in the Egypt Centre

Further Reading

Published in Griffin, K. 2007. An Akh ikr n rA stela from the collection of the Egypt Centre, Swansea. In Schneider, T. and Szpakowska, K. Egyptian Stories, A British Egyptological Tribute to Alan B. Lloyd On the Occasion of His Retirement, Munster, 137-147.