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Stele of Khemi

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Stone; fine-grain; light color; rectangular field in center with rows of incised hieroglyphics; molding around edge; painted decoration of red, blue and gray; main field is yellow; much nicked.


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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 12 to Dynasty 13, 1878–1640 B.C.


Overall: 40.6 x 29.8 cm (16 x 11 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele