Stela of Rehuerdjersen

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12, mid
reign of Amenemhat II
ca. 1900–1850 B.C.
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos (Umm el-Qaab, Tell el-Manshiya, others), Osiris Temple shrine, originally
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:
  • Description

    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.


    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.

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Cairo from Dikran G. Kelekian, 1912.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History