Funerary Stela


From: Egypt

Curatorial Section: Egyptian

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Object Number 54-33-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Egypt
Period Middle Kingdom
Date Made 1980 - 1630 BCE
Section Egyptian
Materials Limestone
Inscription Language Hieroglyphic

In the upper row, the deceased, a man named Inu, holds a flower before an offering table. His wife, Hetepti, stands with her arm around his shoulder. Inu was a Commander of the Army of the Oasis. The steward, Penu (whose name means mouse) stands opposite them. In the lower row two of Inu’s sons (left) face a man named Sutekh, his wife, and one of his two sons. Penu and Sutekh were probably both members of Inu’s family. Penu dedicated this stela to the couple. At the top, magical protective eyes surround the symbol for infinity and are flanked by two pots of burning incense. The text is a standard funerary inscription.

Height 38 cm
Width 27.7 cm
Depth 6.4 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Leonard Epstein, 1954

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