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False-Door Stela of a Woman

This stela was dedicated to a woman named Djefatka by her daughter Hatkau. In the uppermost decorated register, Djefatka sits before an offering table opposite her husband Tjesu. Below, the couple is shown again, receiving offerings from two of their children. In both representations, Djefatka occupies the most important place. The food offerings, the depiction of Djefatka's dutiful children, the enumeration of her titles, and the appearance of Djefatka in two different places on the stela all underscore the idea of commemoration.

Catalogue Description:
Rectangular limestone stela in the form of a false door. The piece is inscribed for the Lady Djafeteka. Representations and inscriptions are carved in shallow sunk relief. At the top are two lines of inscriptions. The sides of the stela are irregularly rounded, and the top of the first line of text is carved, in part, on the rounded upper edge of the stela. Below the two lines of inscription is a horizontal panel decorated with a representation of the Lady and of a man who is identified as an “overseer of the Army”. The man is seated at the right of a table and the woman is seated on the left. Above and between them is an inscription. This panel is flanked, on each side, by a horizontal panel in which is a representation of a female figure who stands facing inwards towards the main panel. Below these panels are represented the jambs of the door and door proper. On the drum of the door is an inscription. The bolt of the door is represented. On the right jamb is represented a male figure who stands, facing inwards, holding a staff and scepter. Before him is a small figure who offers to him a duck. Inscriptions identify both figures. On the left jam is represented the lady Djafeteka standing, facing inwards, with a lotus held to her nose. A smaller male figure offers incense to her. Inscriptions accompany the representations. The two panels and the jambs are framed on the two sides of the stela by two-dimensional representations of torus moldings. Condition: Large chip in lower left corner; sides and rear rough; traces of modern blue paint (?) in upper and lower right.

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