Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu1
Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu
Stele Cairo A 9422 (Bulaq 666), depicting Nut,Behdety as the winged solar disk, Re-Harakhtyseated on his throne, and the stele's owner,Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu i
Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu i
(also known as the
Stele of Revealing
) is a painted, wooden offering stele, discovered in 1858 atthe mortuary temple of Hatshepsut at Dayr al-Bahri by FrançoisAuguste Ferdinand Mariette.
It was originally made for theMontu-priest Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu i,
and was discovered near hiscoffin ensemble of two sarcophagi and two anthropomorphic innercoffins. It dates to
680/70 BCE, the period of the late Dynasty25/early Dynasty 26. Originally located in the former Bulaq Museumunder inventory number 666, the stele was moved around 1902 to thenewly opened Egyptian Museum of Cairo (inventory number A 9422;Temporary Register Number 25/12/24/11), where it remains today.The stele is made of wood and covered with a plaster gesso, which hasbeen painted. It measures 51.5 centimeters high and 31 centimeterswide. On the front Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu i as a priest of Montu can beseen; he is presenting offerings to the falcon-headed god Re-Harakhty("Re-Horus of the Two Horizons"), a synchronistic form of the godsRa and Horus, who is seated on a throne. The symbol of the west, theplace of the Dead, is seen behind Re-Harakhty. Above the figures is adepiction of Nut, the sky goddess who stretches from horizon tohorizon. Directly beneath her is the Winged Solar Disk, Horus of Behdet.The stele is also known as the "
Stele of Revealing
" and is a centralelement of the religious philosophy Thelema founded by Aleister Crowley.
The stele is a fairly typical example of a late Third Intermediate Period Theban offering stele
dating to the lateDynasty 25/early Dynasty 26.
It was discovered in 1854 as part of a large burial of priests of Montu at Dayral-Bahri, and included the coffin of the dedicant, Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu.
The stele is painted on both faces with Egyptian texts, some of which are Chapter 91 of the Egyptian Book of theDead, while the back of the stele records eleven lines of text from Chapters 30 and 2.The text reads as follows.
Beneath the Winged Solar Disk:
(He of) Behdet, the Great God, Lord of Heaven