- Museum number
Limestone stela of Intef, son of Ka: Intef is shown standing, receiving an offering from a small male figure who stands in front of him; the positioning of this figure and the scale are very characteristic of the First Intermediate Period. Behind Intef are three female figures, all referred to as his wives, named Mery, Iutu, and Iru. The principal text of the stela, which runs horizontally at the top and then continues vertically at the right side and then in front of the lower parts of the principal figures, is a mixture of offering formulas, important historical information, and phrases that form parts of standard idealized biographical texts.
- Production date
- 2101BC-2070BC (circa)
Height: 72 centimetres
Length: 102 centimetres
Thickness: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
E. A. W. Budge, 'Egyptian Sculptures in the British Museum' (London 1914), pl. VII;
J. Bennett, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 48 (1962), 158-159.
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 596;
N & H Strudwick, 'Thebes in Egypt' (London 1999), 24, 25;
N. Strudwick, 'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006): 113, cat no. 70;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 68-9.
Text: J. J. Clère & J. Vandier, 'Textes de la première periode intermédiare et de la XIème dynastie' (Brussels, 1998), 19;
translation (German): W. Schenkel, 'Memphis. Herakleopolis. Theben' (Wiesbaden 1965), 226–8.
- On display (G4/B23)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs
2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number