Stele of Mestju

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5–6
2500–2170 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7248 A

Dimensions

Height x length: 23.2 x 52 cm (9 1/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

27.1117

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

This stele is executed in the finest shallow sunk relief. Two figures are seated on either side of a large offering table with loaves. On the left is Mestju and daughter Henut, right Mestju and wife Nubhotep. The Hm-ka Mestju “called” Iren. “Originally in 4 fragments, about complete mended 1932.”

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 7248 A. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition