Submitted by eminor on September 30, 2013 - 3:57pm
It is a rare occasion to see a favorite artifact truly in a new light. I got that chance while photographing the ancient Egyptian stela of Wepemnofret before its trip to storage. This mortuary monument to Prince Wepie, as we like to call him, is one of the star pieces of the Hearst Museum’s Egyptian collection. The decoration shows him seated before a table of bread, with lists of his worldly titles and desired offerings for his eternal afterlife. The limestone is carved with delicate, low relief that is overshadowed by the uniquely preserved brightly painted details.