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Stele of Heny

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This stela portrays the hereditary prince, count, and seal-bearer of the King, Heny, in raised relief and standing before a table of offerings. The inscription, an offering formula is rendered in sunk relief. The color is well preserved, including traces of red, green, yellow and black.

Inscription

(1) "An offering which the king gives, (and) Osiris, lord of Busiris, Khentyamentiu, (2) lord of Abydos, that offerings be invoked for the hereditary prince, count, seal-bearer of the King of Lower Egypt, the one honored (3) before the great god, lord of heaven, Heneny. (4) A thousand of bread, beer, fowl, clothing and everythiong good." (Leprohon)

Provenance

From Sheikh Farag, tomb SF 519. Found in the thieves' debris, Room A. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, October 15, 1923; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: 1925)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, First Intermediate Period; Dynasty 7–11, 2100–2061 B.C.

Findspot

Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 52 x 53 x 12 cm (20 1/2 x 20 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

25.625

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Stele