Stela of Pepy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Many stelae discovered at Abydos were originally left in tombs with other items intended to help the deceased achieve immortality. British archaeologists working there early in the twentieth century found this stela of a man called Pepy—a traditional name—in a Middle Kingdom tomb. Although the text reveals little about Pepy, a streak of individualism seems to have run through his household: of the eleven relatives and servants depicted here, five have names that appear in no other works from more than three thousand years of Egyptian history.
ca. 1836-1700 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
14 x 8 3/4 x 5 in. (35.6 x 22.2 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
Tomb S201 at Abydos, Egypt; 1911-1912, excavated by Édouard Naville and Thomas Eric Peet for the Egypt Exploration Society; 1912, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
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Stela of Pepy, ca. 1836-1700 B.C.E. Limestone, 14 x 8 3/4 x 5 in. (35.6 x 22.2 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 12.911.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 12.911.1_PS9.jpg)
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