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Fragment of funerary stele of Qeref

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Round-topped funerary stele fragment of wood. Formed from two virtical pieces joined with a dowel. Covered by a thick layer of gesso across the entire surface. Preserved fragment is the left portion, with the lower right corner broken off and missing. Plaster is cracked and chipped,...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25, 760–660 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 37.9 x 15.3 x 2.1 cm (14 15/16 x 6 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, painted gesso


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele