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Fragment of a Stela (Commemorative Stone) of Neferhotep

A work made of limestone and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.

Date:

New Kingdom, mid-Dynasty 19, about 1240-1195 BCE

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

The hieroglyphs at the top of this stela (commemorative stone) fragment help identify the man depicted as Neferhotep, a foreman of the workers who built and decorated the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes. Neferhotep, who is finely dressed in pleated white garments, raises his hands before him in a gesture of adoration toward the deity, who would have been depicted in the upper portion of the stone. Stelae such as this one allowed nonroyal Egyptians to demonstrate their devotion to the gods.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 152

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Fragment of a Stela (Commemorative Stone) of Neferhotep

Origin

Egypt

Date

1239 BCE–1194 BCE

Medium

Limestone and pigment

Dimensions

38.5 × 23.75 × 5.75 cm (15 × 9 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Lois H. Culver Fund

Reference Number

1924.579

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