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Stela of Intef and Senettekh

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor

Egyptian children sought to secure their parents' immortality by guaranteeing that their names and lineage were remembered after they died. An official named Intef commissioned this stela with the images and names of his father, also Intef, and his mother, Senettekh. The son included two details to place his parents: an image of their pet dog seated beneath the bench and one of their "beloved servant" standing before them.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Collected: Qurnah, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2065-2000 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XI Dynasty
    PERIOD First Intermediate Period to Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 11 3/4 x 13 15/16 x 15/16 in. (29.8 x 35.4 x 2.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Stela of Intef and Senettekh, ca. 2065-2000 B.C.E. Limestone, 11 3/4 x 13 15/16 x 15/16 in. (29.8 x 35.4 x 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.66. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 54.66_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone stela of Intef, son of Senbet and his wife Senet-Tek, erected by their son Intef. The steward Imy stands opposite. Intef and his wife seated at left before table of offerings; a dog seated under the woman. Imy stands at right with long staff grasped in right hand. At top, three lines of offering formula. Names incised over each person. Raised relief. Condition: Edges chipped. Surface slightly worn in area of offerings. No trace of color.
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