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Stelae: E.SS.37

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 19




Round topped stela, with two wedjat eyes on either side of a shen sign; below is a Htp-di-nsw of Ptah and Osiris, inscribed for Snbwy (Senebuy) who held high priestly titles, including 'chief priest of his god', 'lector priest', as well as 'the great controller of craftsmen of the Lord of All' (title held by the High Priest at Memphis) and 'one whose coming to the temple is awaited on the day of the rising of Sothis', referring to celebrations at the beginning of the new year; below the inscription is Senbuy (centre) with his wife, Nubemheb (left) and his son Ra-Seth (right); the faces and feet of the figures, Senebuy's left wrist and Ra-Seth's elbow have been deliberately damaged, as has the Seth-hieroglyph in the son's name

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4 cm
Height: 34 cm
Width: 18.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought by Petrie, William Matthew Flinders, Sir


Thirteenth Dynasty
Middle Kingdom
-1773 - -1648

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: six lines of hieroglyphs, orientated from right to left

  • Text: Htp di nsw ptH rsy inb.f nb anx-tAwy wsir nb Ddw prt-xrw t Hnqt kA Apdw Htpw DfAw m prt Hr xAyt Hr wDHw nb-(r-)Dr n kA n iry-pat HAty-a sAw r it.f m Hwt-nTr ra prt spdt wr xrp Hmwt n nb r Dr Hm-nTr aA n nTr.f Xry-Hb snbwy mAa-xrw
  • Location: Main text
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: vertical hieroglyphs, orientated from left to right, possibly sharing the mAa-xrw-signs to the left of her head

  • Text: Hmt.f mrt.f Xkrt-nswt, nbw-m-Hb (mAat-xrw)
  • Location: In front of the woman
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: sA ra-stX mAa-xrw
  • Location: Above the head of the man at the bottom right
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.SS.37
Primary reference Number: 63411
Oldadmincategory: SS
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 April 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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