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Stela of Tetu and Nefertjentet

Period:
First Intermediate Period–Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Date:
ca. 2124–1981 BC
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, east of the tomb of Pabasa (TT 279), "redim" (debris), MMA excavations, 1918–19
Medium:
Limestone, red, yellow and black paint
Dimensions:
H. 22.7 × W. 41 × Th. 7 cm (8 15/16 × 16 1/8 × 2 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.3.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
The uneven proportions of the figures and irregular relationship between figures and objects, the lack of a base line for the upper register of women, and the existence of a wider margin on the left than on the right, place this image somewhat ouside the canon of Egyptian art. However, the lively color scheme and the spontaneity in the individual treatment of figures and objects lends it a charm quite of its own. As noted by Henry G. Fischer (MMJ 9, 1974, p. 29 n. 104), certain features such as the single shoulder strap in the women's garments link the iconography with the early New Kingdom
Excavated by the Museum Egyptian Expedition at Thebes, 1918-19. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds, 1919.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 19, fig. 7.

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