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Funerary Stela

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1972A134
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt
Date:1279 BC - 1213 BC


This round-topped funerary stela, a thin slab of stone, would have been erected in the owner's tomb as a way of ensuring that he received offerings of food throughout eternity in the after-life. The stela depicts the owner, Nebnehehabsu and his family and is important for helping us to establish the genealogy of this Egyptian family.On the top row, we see Nebnehehabsu, on the right, making offerings to his father to the seated god of the dead, Osiris and the standing goddesses Isis and Nephthys. In the middle row, Nebnehehabsu and his wife stand on the right and make offerings to his father, uncle and aunt who are seated on the the left. In the bottom line, the deceased Nebnehehabsu and his wife sit on the left with their three sons stood on the right making offerings to them.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1972.

Further Information

Reign:King Ramesses II
Production Period:New Kingdom - 19th Dynasty
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:810 mm
Width:460 mm