About this object

Painted round-topped limestone stela of Sobkemhat, son of Neferthesut. Dedicated by his brother Wepwawethotep. The face of the stone is framed on three sides by an incised line border, painted yellow and black, the back has been left rough. The figure is carved in very shallow sunk relief, the inscription is incised. The scene shows the deceased standing on the left facing right towards three vertical columns of text. Sobekemhat wears the traditional short kilt and broad collar, his head is shaved in the manner of a priest. He appears to be holding an object in each of his hands but damage to the stone makes it difficult to define what they are. Two columns of the text run the full length of the stela while the third, by the torso of Sobekemhat, is much shorter. Translation: A boon which the king gives to Osiris, Lord of Memphis, that he might give invocation offerings of bread and beer, oxen and fowl, alabaster and clothing, incense and oil to the Ka of Sobekemhat, true of voice, as made for him [by] his brother, Wepwawhetep, son of Nefert-hesut(?).

From Abydos, Cemetery E. tomb 494 A'08 of Garstang's Excavations 1908.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1795 BC - 1650 BC (Dynasty 13)
  • Materials
    Limestone; Paint
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Francis Chatillon Danson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos Cemetery E
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    325 mm x 210 mm x 60 mm
  • Related people
    Edith Danson ( Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson ( Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson ( Previous owner)

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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
Object view = Humanities
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