About this object

Round-topped painted limestone stela of Sekher, a field worker of a temple estate [aHwty Htp-nTr]. Divided into three registers, the main inscription is between the first and second registers. Both the scenes and the inscription are deeply incised. In the lunette are two wedjat eyes, without falcon markings, below each is a water sign. Underneath are three horizontal lines of text, a standard htp-dj-nsw offering formula. The main scene shows the deceased with other figures, probably members of his family. On the far right is a woman standing and facing left, smelling a lotus blossom which is held in her right hand. To her left are two men and a woman, standing and facing right. Both of the women wear full length, close-fitting tunics and long wigs. The men wear the traditional short pointed kilt and broad collar. Next to each figure are short vertical inscriptions. In the bottom register are two kneeling male figures, both facing right and holding lotus blossoms to their noses. Names and titles are given but their relationship to the deceased is not clear. The lotus blossoms have not been finished, the inner petals are shown drawn in red but not carved. Red traces of the original drawing are evident on other parts of the stela. From cemetery E, grave 361.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1795 BC - 1650 BC (Dynasty 13)
  • Materials
    Limestone; Paint
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    431 mm x 319 mm x 104 mm
  • Note
    For a discussion on the title see Quirke, Titles and Bureaux, p. 122; Photographed and studied from Marcel Marée of the British Museum, 2008.
  • Related people
    Edith Danson (Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson (Previous owner); John Raymond Danson (Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology (Collector, previous owner)

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    Start date: 1906
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    Description: Excavations carried out by Professor Garstang, on behalf of the Egyptian Excavations Committee, affiliated to the Univeristy of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology


Previous owners

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology

    Owned from: 1908
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1908
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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