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Writing board stela of Ita, usurped by Hetepi

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 11
ca. 2030–1981 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 110, 1st chamber on right, MMA excavations, 1926–27
Sycomore, plaster, paint
H. 53 cm (20 7/8 in.); W. 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.); Th. 1.2 cm (1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
Made from a writing board, this wooden stela belonged originally to a woman named Ita and was then usurped by a man named Hetepi. Other objects from the tomb are staves, arrow fragments, inscribed linen, two pots, a jar stopper, and the writing board fragments and paddle doll displayed below.
Museum excavations, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.

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