Stele fragment with woman in offering scene

Old Kingdom to First Intermediate Period, Dynast
2323–2061 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Dendara


Height x width: 36 x 43 cm (14 3/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment of a rectangular stele of limestone, bottom left portion. Relief decoration shows the lower part of a woman’s figure standing before a table of offerings. She wears a tight fitted garment with shoulder straps, bracelets, and anklets, with evidence of a long wig/hair style. One hand is extended towards the offering table. Above the table are the minimal remains of a secondary baseline with the front of a foot oriented towards the woman, likely belonging to an attendant.


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