Stela for Senebef and IptaReplica Size: 45.5 x 35 x 7 cm
Replica: artificial stone
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1800 B.C.
In Abydos, the cultic place of pilgrimage to Osiris, it was the custom to erect cenotaphs. Many stelae from these Middle Kingdom monuments remain. Here we have one unique form in that the symbol of life (ankh) is carved in open-work in the middle of the window-like opening in the slab. Three mummy figures in demi-ronde are set in niches.