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Mortuary stela from the tomb of 'Iti
late First Intermediate Period, early Dynasty XI 2125 BCE-2055 BCE

limestone, pigment
85.5 × 56.3 × 15.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Nag ed-Der, Egypt
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
Gallery location
Not on display
A roughly rectangular slab, damaged at its edges and decorated on one face. It is decorated with two sections which compose a register of six lines of text and an offering scene below. The text is continued in the bottom right hand corner within the offering scene in smaller, rougher glyphs. This is all set within a frame outlined in red and with bars of colour alternating with others outlined in red. Offering scene: The central figure is of the deceased holding a staff and sceptre, wearing an elaborate wig and short kilt and collar. Behind him is his wife who clasps him by the arm. She wears a long wig, a collar and a long dress. Both figures are standing. On a level with the shoulders of 'Iti stand two servants bearing offerings- a gazelle, a jar and a bowl of beer. Occupying the right hand side from the level of the thighs upwards is the table of offerings. There is also a bull's head over a vase in the area below the extended left arm. The hieroglyphs are incised and sunken and the figures are in low relief. The hieroglyphs in the upper part alternate in lines from yellow to blue (frit) and the offerings on the right, the collars, skin and garments exhibit traces of colour.