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stela

slab of stone or wood, with figures and text, carvings, or paintings, which was used in numerous ways such as a funerary monument

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Stela of King Kamose
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The stela is one of at least two such monuments erected by King Kamose in the Great Temple of Amun at Karnak. It commemorates the king's military victories over the Hyksos ruler, Apophis.

The main text consists of 38 lines of Kamose's glorifying account of his victory at the Hyksos capital, Avaris, in the Delta. In addition, it quotes the text of a letter intercepted by Kamose's army, sent by Apophis to his ally, the King of Kush, asking him for military aid against the onslaught of "Kamose, the Valiant." The text of the stela continues with a description of Kamose's triumphant return to Thebes.

The man shown in the lower left is Neshy, the Overseer of the Courtiers and Chief of the Treasurers, who was commissioned by Kamose to erect this stela destined to "rest in its place in Karnak in the Theban province forever and ever."

Dimensions:  Height 231 cm  Width 112.5 cm  Diameter 28 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Slant Relief

Style:

Second Intermediate Period

Materials:

Limestone
Type Type

Type:

Stela or Tombstone
Map Map

Location: 

Luxor

Created: 

Amun Temple
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

1555 BC - 1551 BC

Acquired: 

1954 AD
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