Tombstone of Ouaphres, son of Horus, a priest of Isis from Bousiris in Egypt (Volos Λ52)

top of stele with greek writing on the top

© HMCS, EFA Magnesias, photo: M. Stamatopoulou

The deceased, dressed in white clothing, with shaved head, both typical for priests of Isis, stands facing left. He holds a libation bowl above an altar (now lost) and carries items linked to Isis’ cult. He gazes towards the upper left corner of the scene, at a now faded figure. At the upper right corner, in a panel, is the head of Anubis.

One of two tombstones commemorating foreign priests at Demetrias, this stele reminds us of the role of foreign priests in the dissemination of foreign cults in the Mediterranean.