Stele of Ima

First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 7–11
2143–1991 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Mesheikh, Tomb 100


Framed (Steel wall mount with cleats/ painted): 55.9 x 35.6 x 2.5 cm (22 x 14 x 1 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



A man and a woman are shown standing on the right of this stela, facing right. Before them is a pile of offerings. On the left are five vertical lines of inscription containing an offering formula. The figures are painted rather than carved in relief.


Two vertical borders of alternating red and yellow rectangles frame the scene. Hieroglyphic captions painted yellow with red details identify the man as "The seal-bearer of the King of Lower Egypt and sole companion of Ima," while the wife is labeled, "His wife, his beloved, Neferhutnetjer." Behind this are five vertical columns of text painted greenwith black details. (Leprohon)


From Mesheikh, tomb 100. 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: December 5, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition