Merneptah Stele

Language: Egyptian hieroglyphics
Medium: black granite stele
Size: 7.5 feet high
3.25 feet wide
Length: 28 lines of writing
Genre: victory hymn
Date: late 13th cent. BCE
Merneptah's reign: 1237–1225 or
1223–1211 BCE
Place of Discovery: Merneptah's mortuary temple
Thebes, Egypt
Date of Discovery: 1896
Discoverer: Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie
Current Location: Cairo Museum
Inventory number: 34025




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