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Stela of Thenti and Nefert

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

Old Kingdom, mid–Dynasty 4 (about 2566–2532 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian, Giza, probably tomb G 3035

About this artwork

This fragment portrays the judge and scribe Thenti sitting opposite his wife. His son, also named Thenti, stands to the right, and his granddaughter, who is sucking her finger, stands at the far left. The hieroglyphic text lists the titles that Thenti held and invokes the gods to give a thousand funerary offerings to him in the afterlife.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Stela of Thenti and Nefert

Origin

Egypt

Date

2524 BCE–2400 BCE

Medium

Limestone

Inscriptions

The "...judge and scribe Thent" appears sitting opposite his wife. Over table listed "incense,.." below hopes for a "thousand of beer, a thousand of clothing..." The hieroglyphic texts enumerate the offerings that were desired to sustain Thenti and his family in the afterlife. In addition to food, he requests clothing, linen, incense, green and black eye paint, and material used in the embalming process.

Dimensions

55.9 × 87.6 × 11.4 cm (22 × 34 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1920.265

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