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A commemorative tablet, or stela, featuring the deceased tomb owner seated beside a table laden with food was frequently installed in a chapel outside the tomb. Relatives and friends could leave offerings in front of it in order to sustain the tomb's occupant in the afterlife. This example...

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From Giza, tomb G 4140. 1912: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1912: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu (Cheops), 2575–2465 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 51 x 82.5 x 8.3cm (20 1/16 x 32 1/2 x 3 1/4in.) Block (aluminum wall frame/ four wall securement clips): 53 x 82.6 x 5.1 cm (20 7/8 x 32 1/2 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele