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Stela of User-pekhty-nisu and his wife, Pa-netjer

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The deceased and his wife sit at an offering table while their son stands making offerings. Unusually, their daughter sits behind the son. The standard offering prayer below is carved in hieroglyphs in a different style from the caption above, and some places in the inscription have been recarved. These features suggest that this stela was originally carved for a different couple and was later reused, a common practice for people who could not afford to commission a new stela.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1458 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 2 15/16 in. (36.8 x 24.8 x 7.5 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Stela of User-pekhty-nisu and his wife, Pa-netjer, ca. 1539-1458 B.C.E. Limestone, 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 2 15/16 in. (36.8 x 24.8 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1353E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1353E_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.1353E_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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