Stela of Hotep and Khnumu



A stela is an inscribed slab of stone or wood, placed in a tomb or in a temple. Red granite from the Aswan quarries in the south of Egypt was so highly-prized that only a lucky few could have it in their tombs. This round-topped red granite stela of Hotep and Khnumu in excellent condition with six rows of finely carved hieroglyphs. The top line gives the name of two brothers - one name reads left to right (the steward Khnumu), and the other name reads right to left (the steward Hotep). After a standard offering formula the text names the revered one the steward Hotep, the revered one the follower Khnum both the sons of a woman called Satkhnumhotep (Ranke 293, 1). Another male name is mentioned, the overseer Khnumu son of a woman called Satkhnumhotep.The lower register shows three men walking, facing right, all carrying a walking stick in right hand a kherep-scepter in left hand.