Stele of Heny

First Intermediate Period; Dynasty 7–11
2100–2061 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, Tomb 519, Thieves' Debris, Room A


Height x width x depth: 52 x 53 x 12 cm (20 1/2 x 20 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This stela portrays the hereditary prince, count, and seal-bearer of the King, Heny, in raised relief and standing before a table of offerings. The inscription, an offering formula is rendered in sunk relief. The color is well preserved, including traces of red, green, yellow and black.


(1) "An offering which the king gives, (and) Osiris, lord of Busiris, Khentyamentiu, (2) lord of Abydos, that offerings be invoked for the hereditary prince, count, seal-bearer of the King of Lower Egypt, the one honored (3) before the great god, lord of heaven, Heneny. (4) A thousand of bread, beer, fowl, clothing and everythiong good." (Leprohon)


From Sheikh Farag, tomb SF 519. Found in the thieves' debris, Room A. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, October 15, 1923; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: 1925)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition