Funerary Stela of Heku
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E.
late XII Dynasty
20 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 3 7/16 in. (51.5 x 31 x 8.8 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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