Part of the Stela of Haremhab

Ancient Egypt, late 14th - early 13th century BC

The 17-year rule of the sun-worshipping Akhenaten not only produced some extremely interesting art itself (in what Egyptologists designate as the Amarna style, after its main centre), but also had a very strong influence on the art of several subsequent reigns that continued in mediated form as far as the early years of Ramesses II. One of the most important places where tombs in the post-Amarna style have survived is the necropolis at Saqqara. near the Coptic Monastery of Apa Jeremias. The Hermitage stela comes from there. Haremhab is depicted praying before three deities: Atum, the creator, Osiris, the ruler of the underworld, and Ptah-Sokar, the patron of the necropolis of Memphis. (The text of a hymn addressed to them is written on the lower part of the stela, which is in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.) The figure of Haremhab is executed entirely in the post-Amarna style, with an elegant play of light and shade in the folds of the clothing and the locks of the wig. The gods, as more important personages, are depicted in a more traditional manner. The refined features of Haremhab’s face might seem to suggest that this is a portrait, but in actual fact what we have here is merely the post-Amarna norm executed to a very high standard (the faces of Atum and Osiris are extremely similar to it).


Part of the Stela of Haremhab




78x108x6 cm

Archaeological site:

Tomb of Haremheb, Saqqara, near Memphis

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