The Victory Stela of King Piye (Piankhy)

Cairo Museum 48862

The large round-topped stela of gray granite was discovered in 1862 in the ruins of the temple of Amun at Napata, the Nubian capital at the foot of Gebel Barkal. The temple of Amun, erected in the New Kingdom, had been much enlarged by Piye (Piankhy). The stela now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, measures 1.80 by 1.84m and the sides are 0.43m thick. It is inscribed on all four sides with a total of one hundred and fifty-nine lines. (Ancient Egyptian Literature, the Late Period, by Miriam Lichtheim, Volume III, page 66ff)


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