Stela of Senebi



A limestone round-topped stela belonging to Senebi, a treasurer of the Thirteenth Dynasty, under the kings Neferhotep I and Sobekhotep IV (around 1750 BC). The decoration is on one side only and is enclosed in an incised single line border. In the arch are two standing jackals and between them is the single line of hieroglyphs, naming the god, Wepwawet. To the left is a symbol of Upper Egypt and to the right a symbol of the Delta. Below are six horizontal bands of text with an offering formula. Below this inscription are two further columns, again consisting of the offering formula, which separate two standing male figures. Both wear ankle-length kilts, broad collars and shoulder length wigs. Technique was described by Professor Percy Newberry in c. 1910 as being good. The stela was destroyed by a fire during the Second World War. One photograph survives and a number of copies of the inscription, including at least one by Professor Percy Newberry. The stela is of particular interest as it gives the names of the parents of Senebi, whose stela (see number M13635) was also in this Museum (and also destroyed in the Second World War).