Stela of Nayefennebu
- Third Intermediate Period
- Dynasty 22
- ca. 825–712 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 801, MMA excavations, 1921–22
- Wood, gesso, paint
- H. 23.4 cm
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
- Accession Number:
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.