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Stele of Meny

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This funerary stele depicts the tomb owner, an official named Meny, standing at left holding a staff in one hand and scepter in the other. He wears a pleated kilt, bracelets, and a pectoral necklace of four strands. The right portion of the stele carries an offering inscription which reads: "An...

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Inscription

(1) "[An offering which the king gi]ves, (and) Osiris (2) in all his places,that offerings be invoked for (3) the seal-bearer of the King of Lower Egypt, estate manager, sole friend, lector priest (4) the honored one before Osiris, Meni." (Leprohon)

Provenance

From Dendara. 1898: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA at the general meeting of the EEF. (Accession Date: November 1, 1898)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 9, about 2100 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Dendara, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 68.5 x 52.5 x 9.5 cm (26 15/16 x 20 11/16 x 3 3/4 in.) Framed (Aluminum wall frame/ 4 security tabs): 55.2 x 83.8 x 10.8 cm (21 3/4 x 33 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.1034

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Stele