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Stela of the Overseer of the Troops Intef

Middle Kingdom

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This imposing stela seems to be the only survivor from a group of nine that stood under a pillared portico in the tomb of Intef on the West Bank of the Nile, opposite modern Luxor. As overseer of the troops under Mentuhotep II, Intef must have been instrumental in the wars that resulted in the unification of the country during this king’s reign. His reward was an opulent tomb. The typical funerary scene depicts Intef seated before an offering table piled with food while receiving the homage of a son or brother. Below are funerary texts. The broad proportions of the well-muscled figure are typical of the middle of the Mentuhotep II era.

Stela of the Overseer of the Troops Intef, Limestone

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