Funerary Stela of Heku
Unlike nearly every other work of ancient Egyptian art, this stela is signed by the artist. The deeply cut inscription beneath the lower register names “the sculptor Nefertem.” He was probably allowed to add his name as compensation for his work, thus perpetuating his memory for eternity.
- Medium: Limestone
- Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 3 7/16 in. (51.5 x 31 x 8.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1347E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Funerary Stela of Heku, ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 3 7/16 in. (51.5 x 31 x 8.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1347E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (79%)