Stela of Intef and his wife, Dedetamun

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109

This limestone fragment is the lower portion of a stela showing Intef, son of Henyt, and his wife Dedetamun seated on an animal-legged chair. Intef sports a short, curly hair and wears a green broad collar, blue bracelets, and white short kilt. He reaches for the food offerings with one hand, and grasps a small white object, probably a folded cloth, in the other. Dressed in a green single-strapped sheath dress and adorned with a broad collar as well as bracelets and anklets, Dedetamun places one hand over her husband’s shoulder and holds a large white object, probably an ointment vase, in the other. Their son, whose barely-legible name is perhaps Ameny, stands on the left, bringing oversized flowers to the table, which consists of a tall white column supporting a bound reed mat. The table is laden with a pile of food offerings, including cuts of beef, vegetables, and long, conical loaves of bread. The two drop-shaped jars with pointed stoppers below the table are meant to contain beverages. The scene and texts on stelae are generally carved and then painted, but this particular monument is executed only with paint.

Stela of Intef and his wife, Dedetamun, Limestone, paint

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.