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A Demotic Stela From The First Court Of Luxor Temple

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The Egyptian Antiquities Organization carried out clearance operations in the First Court of Luxor Temple. This chapter discusses the Demotic stela found during the clearance operation along with other objects. The stela shows two male figures facing one another, both holding what are probably palm branches in their hands. The author suggests that the two figures represent Amenhotep and Imhotep, in whose honor Petosiris, son of Pashermont, offered the stela. Still, within the theological character of their relationship, it is believed that it would be perfectly plausible to display Amenhotep and Imhotep as virtual twins. Moreover, since the palm is closely associated with deities, it would hardly be surprising for the two saints to possess this symbol. This stela from the First Court of Luxor Temple is eloquent testimony to the rich tradition of personal piety at Thebe.

Keywords: Amenhotep; demotic stela; Imhotep; luxor temple; Pashermont



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