Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1295-1185 B.C.E.
Limestone, painted, 30 13/16 x 24 1/8 x 2 7/16 in. (78.3 x 61.2 x 6.2 cm)
Brooklyn #86.226.25, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry, 2012
(From the info card.)|
"This private stela depicts Queen Ahmose-Nefertari with her son—the second king of Dynasty 18—Amunhotep I, and a seated image of the god Amun. Ahmose-Nefertari held the important title of God’s Wife of Amun. Because Amun was believed to be the father of the ruling pharaoh, Amunhotep I and his mother comprised the god’s earthly family.
"Both Ahmose-Nefertari and Amunhotep I were widely worshipped at Thebes in Dynasty 18 and for many centuries thereafter. So popular was a festival dedicated to Amunhotep I that the seventh month was named for it in both Coptic and Arabic."
Despite this pharaoh's popularity, later in the 18th Dynasty Akhenaten and his henchmen got to this piece: