Stele of Meny

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


Findspot: Egypt, Dendara

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

On View

Dynasties 6-11 (Gallery 105C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

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 offering which the king gives (to) Osiris in all his places, that invocation offerings may go forth for the Royal Seal-bearer, Estate Manager, Sole Companion, Lector Priest, one venerated before Osiris, Meny.”


Meny, whose full name was Menankhpepy, held a number of administrative titles associated with the pyramid estates of 6th dynasty kings Pepy I and Merenre. This funerary stele comes from his mastaba at Dendera in southern Egypt. Meny stands at the left, while the rest of the stele is occupied by an offering seeking offerings from the funerary god Osiris. The high raised relief and carefully detailed hieroglyphs are characteristic features of the workshops of Dendera at this time.

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