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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.
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., 40.5 lb. (51.5 x 31 x 8.8 cm, 18.37kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Funerary Stela of Heku, ca. 1836-1759 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 3 7/16 in., 40.5 lb. (51.5 x 31 x 8.8 cm, 18.37kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1347E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 37.1347E_view2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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