Stela – Ancient History Essay
A limestone, upright slab or pillar with an inscription or design which serves as a monument, or in other words a stela, was found in Karnak, Egypt and recognised to be that of Neferhotep, an Egyptian Pharaoh. This round topped stela reveals a lot not only about the society at the time but also what they were capable of.
On this slab, are two prominent figures in the top register, who are known as Amenhotep I and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari. They are pictured seated on thrones faced towards an altar which has a flower bouquet and water pot. These figures as well as the surrounding text are all carved raised. The foreman Neferhotep, son of the foreman Nb-nfr, in the lower register to the left, is displayed kneeling with arms raised towards the figures above, in admiration and complete devotion. His figure is carved sunken and the text also found in the lower register, which includes a prayer to Amenhotep I and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, is incised. This indicates several things about the society which lived at the time.
Firstly, this reveals the society evidently had a hierarchy system. It indicates they had Queens and Pharaohs in their time and recognised that through works of art, showing their dedication and adoration for these leaders during their time. Their admiration for these leaders is not only seen through their acts of work but is seen displayed on the stela itself. The figure in the lower register to the left, as stated previously, is pictured kneeling with arms raised towards the important figures above. Thus showing that as a society they together gladly recognised and praised their leads, which was evidently an important aspect of their lifestyles.