Decree of Neferirkare

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, reign of Neferirkare
2446–2438 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Abydos


Overall: 106.3 x 65 x 26 cm, 411.4 kg (41 7/8 x 25 9/16 x 10 1/4 in., 907 lb.) Framed (Steel channel armature with angles wall securement / lifting): 116.2 x 81.3 x 36.2 cm (45 3/4 x 32 x 14 1/4 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



Limestone; decree forbidding interference with the priests or with the temple income; battered; some of the hieroglyphics are worn.


From Abydos. 1903: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription