Stele of Shemen

Stele di Shemen
Author: 
Type: 
Funerary monument and ornaments
Year: 
New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, reign of Amenhotep III (1390-1353 B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Limestone
Origin: 
From Upper Egypt, Thebes region
Inventory: 
Inv. MB 16
Collection: 

This stele shows the dead man seated holding a lotus flower. His wife and one daughter are in front of him; the other daughter is at his foot. Inscriptions alongside the personages identify them by their names, while the usual funerary formula is inscribed above.

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FUNERARY RELIEFS
Nearly all the reliefs in the Barracco Museum’s collection belong to the funerary sphere. 
They come from a type of tomb, the mastaba (from the Arabic word for bench), which was especially characteristic of Old Kingdom necropolises.