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Stele of Seniankhu and his wife, Iy

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Brightly painted, round-topped limestone stele dedicated to a guardsman named Seniankhu. He is shown with his wife, Iy, standing before a table of food offerings. The stele is inscribed with a text dated to year 30 of king Amenemhat III and contains an offering formula.


From Sheikh Farag, tomb SF 217. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat III, 1844–1797 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Sheikh Farag, Egypt


Naga el-Deir, Egypt


Overall: 41.9 x 55.1 x 7.6 cm, 23.59 kg (16 1/2 x 21 11/16 x 3 in., 52 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele