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Stela of a Nubian, Nenu

First Intermediate Period

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Nubian archers frequently served as mercenaries in Egypt. During the First Intermediate Period, a group of them appears to have settled in towns south of Thebes, seat of the emerging Upper Egyptian rulers in whose army the Nubians may have fought. This stela shows the archer Nenu, his Egyptian wife Sekhathor, their son and daughter, a servant, and Nenu’s hunting dogs. The three males and the daughter wear Nubian costumes, the wife a white Egyptian dress.

Stela of a Nubian, Nenu, Limestone, paint

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