Stele of Tjauti

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Pepi II
2246–2152 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Dendara, Tomb of Tjauti


Height x width: 46 x 21 cm (18 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment of limestone stele inscribed for Tjauti. Bottom left portion of rectangular original. A depiction of the tomb owner in relief appears at left, wearing a flaring kilt, holding a staff in front of him and a scepter at his side. He faces right with his staff standing parallel to a dividing line of the best preserved of five remnant columns of incised hieroglyphic text. This column preserves Tjauti’s name and one of his title of “Estate Manager,” while the column immediately to its right likely preserves a reference to nomadic peoples of the western desert. Not enough remains of the other columns to venture reliable reconstruction.

For another example of this tomb owner, see also: 98.1037 (drum lintel).


From Dendara, Tomb of Tjauti. 1898: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA at the general meeting of the EEF.
(Accession Date: November 1, 1898)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription