Stela of Penbuy

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 21 July 2016

The upper scene depicts the god Ptah sitting on a throne before an altar of offerings. Ptah has a green-colored face and hands, while his cap is blue and the the rest of the body is white. He has a black beard. In the lower scene, Penbuy kneels (on the right side) and his arms are raised in an attitude of worship. A large "ka" sign appears. A text, often columns of varying length, contains a prayer to the "ka" of Ptah by Penbuy. This stela is well-preserved apart from some damage to the lower left edge; and most of the color is intact. 19th Dynasty, 1292 to 1187 BCE. From Deir el-Madina, Thebes, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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