Stele of Intef and Shenetsetji

First Intermediate Period
about 2130–1980 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, tomb 5125


Height x width x depth: 48.8 x 53.8 x 12.2 cm (19 3/16 x 21 3/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, since November 30, 1998


The Ancient World



Limestone. Sunk relief, with color preserved on figures. Standing man and wife facing right, with a small group of offerings. The man wears a pointed kilt and three necklaces, and holds a staff and scepter. The woman wears a long, straight dress, collar, and wig without a lappet , and holds her husband’s hand. Inscriptions: 1 line at top, 2 cols at R and 1 at L. Text reads “Am offering which [the king] gives, (and) Anubis (and) Osiris, lord of Busiris in all his beautiful places: invocaton offerings of bread and beer for the hereditary noble, count, overseer of the temple and master of secrets of the god’s sealer in the at-Hnkt, the venerated Intef. His wife, his beloved, the priestess of Hathor and sole royal ornament,Shenetsetji. Flint nodules. Fair condition.


From Sheikh Farag: S. F. 5125. 1923: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, November 1923; 1925: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition