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Funerary Stela of the Inspector Sehotepib

Place of production Abydos (?), Egypt
Date 1831–1786 BC
Object type religious or cult object
Medium, technique Limestone; traces of pigments

31 x 50 cm

Inventory number 51.2142
Collection Egyptian Art
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Ancient Egypt, Daily life

The funerary stela, made with a sunken relief technique, was dedicated to a certain Sehotepib, who flourished under the reign of Amenemhat III, as is indicated by the royal cartouche engraved in the upper part. The central offering formula addressed Osiris “Lord of Abydos, Foremost of the Westerners” who provides the essential offerings to the deceased. The pictorial field under the text presents the deceased couple (left), in front of them is standing an offering table while the right side exhibits the squatting figures of their parents. The ten rubrics at the bottom of the stela depict the close family members and relatives who could symbolically participate – similarly to Sehotepib and his wife – in the Osirian festival at Abydos.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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