Funerary Stela of Renefseneb
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The nine people represented on this stela all had titles that indicate low-status occupations such as "page," "keeper of the water vessel," "freedwoman of the servants," and "doorkeeper." They may have been members of one extended family, or they may have been faithful retainers of a nobleman who wished to reward their loyalty and service. By having their names and images carved on a stela, each of them was guaranteed eternal life after death.
ca. 1759-1630 B.C.E. or later
Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period
15 15/16 x 11 1/4 x 2 13/16 in. (40.5 x 28.5 x 7.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Funerary Stela of Renefseneb, ca. 1759-1630 B.C.E. or later. Limestone, 15 15/16 x 11 1/4 x 2 13/16 in. (40.5 x 28.5 x 7.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.176. Creative Commons-BY
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Round top limestone funerary stela dedicated to five men and four women. Two figures of Anubis jackal flank central line of inscription at top. Two men in top register, man and two women in second, and two men and two women in lowest register. All figures separated by columns of inscription. Three lines of inscription at base.
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