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Stela of Nayefennebu

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 22
Date:
ca. 825–712 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 801, MMA excavations, 1921–22
Medium:
Wood, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
H. 23.4 cm
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
Accession Number:
22.3.32
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
This is one of four stelae found near the doorway of the brick chapel of the family of Saiah, a wab, or purification priest of Amun who lived during the latter half of the 22nd Dynasty. The original tomb in whose courtyard this chapel was built dates to the 11th Dynasty, over a millennium earlier. All of the stelae are made of wood, painted in green, red, yellow and black on a white gesso ground.

Nayefennebu, a son of Saiah and a low-ranking official in the service of Amun, stands before a statue of Re-Harakhty-Atum and raises his arms in an attitude of worship. Between the two figures is an offering stand; flanking the scene are the emblems of the east (viewer right) and west (viewer left) supporting a curved sky line.

The style of Nayefennebu's stela is less elegant than that of his father, Saiah, with the colors painted in solid blocks within thick black outlines. The owner's crudely painted figure, garbed in a pleated, transparent festival robe, is broad and heavy, common traits of this period.
Excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition at Thebes, 1921-22. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp. 218, 351.

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