Stele of Sheditef

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

Findspot: Egypt, Mesheikh, Tomb 102


Overall: 73 x 48 x 10 cm, 52.2 kg (28 3/4 x 18 7/8 x 3 15/16 in., 115 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



This limestone slab from the tomb of Sheditef depicts the tomb owner and his wife holding hands and facing to the right. There is a small male figure between them, probably their son. Another small figure stands before Sheditef, offering him a drink. The inscription above the figures contains an offerng formula. The entire scene is enclosed by a border on three sides. Both the scene and the inscription are incised, and much of the red, yellow, and black paint remains.


From Mesheikh, tomb 102. Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1912: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition