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The Puzzling Stela Of Userpehtynesu And Panetjer

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The stela of Userpehtynesu and his wife Panetjer presents a number of problems in epigraphy and art history, making it a worthwhile subject for examination. The first epigraphic problem concerns both the proper readings of the names and the identities of the individuals honored by the stela. Careful examination of the figures in the lunette under a microscope reveals that both the male and female figures bear traces of reddish brown paint. Observations lead to the suggestion that the stela was originally dedicated primarily to the well-being of the female figure. The stela might well represent Panetjer named in the inscription with her first husband and in the lunette with her second spouse. Careful study of such a modest stela might reveal that the practice of altering such texts was common. This chapter is meant to stimulate the discussion of altered private stelae in order to understand their history.

Keywords: Panetjer; stela; USERPEHTYNESU



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