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Stele of the Nubian soldier Nenu

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During the tumultuous years between the Old and Middle Kingdoms the local rulers of Middle Egypt were drawn into a heated rivalry between the Thebans from southern Egypt and the Herakleopolitans from the north. Nubian mercenaries, particularly the highly skilled archers, fought on behalf of all...

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Said to be from Rasigat (el-Rizeiqat). 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe for £15.0 (Accession date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Purchased by A. M. Lythgoe

Egyptian, First Intermediate Period, about 2100–2040 B.C.

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Said to be from el-Rizeiqat, Egypt


Overall: 45 x 37.1 x 6.7 cm, 14.06 kg (17 11/16 x 14 5/8 x 2 5/8 in., 31 lb.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted limestone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele