Stele of Seniankhu and his wife, Iy

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat III
1844–1797 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Sheikh Farag, Tomb SF 217


Overall: 41.9 x 55.1 x 7.6 cm, 23.59 kg (16 1/2 x 21 11/16 x 3 in., 52 lb.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



Brightly painted, round-topped limestone stele dedicated to a guardsman named Seniankhu. He is shown with his wife, Iy, standing before a table of food offerings. The stele is inscribed with a text dated to year 30 of king Amenemhat III and contains an offering formula.


From Sheikh Farag, tomb SF 217. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: December 4, 1913)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition