miércoles, 8 de julio de 2015

Limestone stela of mahwia

Limestone stela of mahwia


Found in the foundations of the temple of Ramesses II, Memphis, Egypt
Possibly 18th Dynasty, 15th-14th century BC



In 1908 Flinders Petrie was excavating in the foundations of the Temple of Ramesses II (1279-1213 BC) at Memphis, and discovered there many 'ear stelae'. This is one of the best examples. Stelae bearing images of gods do sometimes bear a number of ears (see the stela of Penbuy, also in The British Museum), while others like this one are literally covered in them. These ears have been interpreted either as an expression of the willingness of the god to listen, or as a magical compulsion to ensure that the god hears. The central column of inscription on this stela offers praise to the god Ptah. The owner Mahwia clearly expected a positive response to his prayers.
R. Parkinson, Cracking codes: the Rosetta St (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)
M.L. Bierbrier (ed.), Hieroglyphic texts from Egyp-7, part 12 (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)

British Museum
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