About this artwork
This round-topped stela (or commemorative monument) depicts a mother and son surrounded by the objects they hoped to use in the afterlife. The mother, Yatu, and her son, Amenemhat, sit in chairs with oversized cosmetic containers placed underneath. The distinctive flared shape of the white and red vessel beneath Yatu indicates that it holds ointment. Under Amenemhat’s seat, a thin, white applicator sticks out of a blue jar containing eye paint called kohl. The vessel’s color suggests that it is carved out of anhydrite, a fashionable choice for cosmetic vessels during the Middle Kingdom period when this mother and son lived.
- On View, Gallery 50
- Arts of Africa
- Ancient Egyptian
- Stela of Amenemhat and Yatu
- Egypt (Object made in)
- Made 1870 BCE–1770 BCE
- Limestone and pigment
- Prayer, in four horizontal lines, for "a royal offering of Osiris, Lord of 'Life of the Two Lands' (a quarter in Memphis). May he give a mortuary offering of bread and beer, oxen and geese, linen, clothing, every good and pure thing whereon [the god] lives, for the ka of the gaurdsman Amenhemat, deceased, born of Yatu, deceased, (and for the ka of) his mother, his beloved, Yatu, deceased, born of Tita, deceased.
- 59 × 42.5 × 11 cm (23 1/4 × 16 3/4 × 4 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Norman W. Harris