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Stela of Rehuerdjersen

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12, mid
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat II
Date:
ca. 1900–1850 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Osiris Temple shrine, originally
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 46.1 cm (18 1/8 in.); W. 23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.); D. 10.6 cm (4 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.182.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 110
Rehuerdjersen was treasurer under Amenemhat I and Senwosret I, the first two kings of Dynasty 12. This stela comes from a Rehuerdjersen's cenotaph at Abydos, and the style dates from the reign of Amenemhat II, some forty years after the treasurer's death. The owner is shown seated at the left, behind a table piled with stylized loaves of bread; at the right, holding a bird for offering, is his brother, Heqatifi, who commissioned the stela. The inscription consists largely of the names of other family members.

Translation

Top: A royal offering of Osiris, lord of Busiris, the elder god,
lord of Abydos, [2] giving an invocation offering of bread and
beer, meat and poultry, linen and clothing, and every good thing,
for the ka of the member of the elite, high official, royal seal-bearer,

[3] unique associate, overseer of the double treasury of silver,
overseer of the double treasury of gold, privy counselor [4] of
the king in all his places, overseer of the seal, Rehuerdjersen,
born to Hapy, justified.
Before Rehuerdjersen: 1,000 bread; 1,000 beer; 1,000 meat;
1,000 poultry; 1,000 linen; 1,000 clothing. Incense. The
requisite offering.

Before Heqatifi: The lector priest Heqatifi is the one who has
acted for him. He is his brother.

Bottom: Honored Ipi, born to Muutankh; his wife, Payes;

[2] his beloved son, Ipi, his beloved daughter, Sitwosret, justified.
[3] Honored Khentekhtaihotep, born to Muutankh; his wife, Sitka;
[4] his son, Dedusobek; his wife, Renefankh; his daughter, Henut;
[5] his son Khentekhtaihotep; his son Khentekhtaihotep, justified.
[6] Honored Senwosret, born to Iubet, justified, possessor of honor;
[7] his wife, Sitwosret; his son Itjai, justified, possessor of honor;
[8] his son Mentuwoser; his son Redisobek, justified; [9] his
daughter Sithathor; his daughter Iti, justified; [10] his daughter
Muutankh, justified; his daughter Iubet.
Purchased in Cairo from Dikran G. Kelekian, 1912.

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