Stela of Tetu and Nefertjentet

First Intermediate Period–Middle Kingdom

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

Stela of Tetu and Nefertjentet, Limestone, red, yellow and black paint

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