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Stela of Iku and Mer-imat

Stela of Iku and Mer-imat

c. 2100 B.C.
polychrome on limestone
23 1/4 x 20 5/8 x 5 in.

Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest, AP.1989.1.1

This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. One of the principal purposes of the stela is explained in the vertical inscription located in front of the striding Iku. This written "appeal to the living" asks those who pause in front of it to read the text aloud, providing the deceased with "a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku." The text above Mer-imat's head describes her titles as "king's [ornament], priestess of Hathor, honored one, beautiful of ornament, overseer of oasis-dwellers."  The wealth of the couple is underscored by their fine dress that includes intricately beaded wigs, jeweled collars, armlets, and anklets. Iku's staff and scepter are traditional symbols of position and authority.

This funerary stela is almost certainly from Naga-ed-Deir, a village in Upper Egypt on the bank of the river Nile. The stela closely resembles nearly one hundred relief carvings found in the offering chambers of tombs in the vast cemetery at Naga-ed-Deir. Despite its fragmentary condition, the expertly carved surface and the original polychrome are well preserved.

Visitor's Comments:

"This is my favorite because it is ancient and people like us can not find stuff like that anymore." - anonymous child

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Permanent Image: 
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Permanent Period: 
Ancient Art
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This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. One of the principal purposes of the stela is explained in the vertical inscription located in front of the striding Iku. This written "appeal to the living" asks those who pause in front of it to read the text aloud, providing the deceased with "a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku." The text above Mer-imat's head describes her titles as "king's [ornament], priestess of Hathor, honored one, beautiful of ornament, overseer of oasis-dwellers."  The wealth of the couple is underscored by their fine dress that includes intricately beaded wigs, jeweled collars, armlets, and anklets. Iku's staff and scepter are traditional symbols of position and authority.

This funerary stela is almost certainly from Naga-ed-Deir, a village in Upper Egypt on the bank of the river Nile. The stela closely resembles nearly one hundred relief carvings found in the offering chambers of tombs in the vast cemetery at Naga-ed-Deir. Despite its fragmentary condition, the expertly carved surface and the original polychrome are well preserved.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
Permanent Quote: 
"This is my favorite because it is ancient and people like us can not find stuff like that anymore." <strong>- anonymous child</strong>
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This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. One of the principal purposes of the stela is explained in the vertical inscription located in front of the striding Iku. This written "appeal to the living" asks those who pause in front of it to read the text aloud, providing the deceased with "a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku." The text above Mer-imat's head describes her titles as "king's [ornament], priestess of Hathor, honored one, beautiful of ornament, overseer of oasis-dwellers."  The wealth of the couple is underscored by their fine dress that includes intricately beaded wigs, jeweled collars, armlets, and anklets. Iku's staff and scepter are traditional symbols of position and authority.

This funerary stela is almost certainly from Naga-ed-Deir, a village in Upper Egypt on the bank of the river Nile. The stela closely resembles nearly one hundred relief carvings found in the offering chambers of tombs in the vast cemetery at Naga-ed-Deir. Despite its fragmentary condition, the expertly carved surface and the original polychrome are well preserved.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
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Permanent Quote: 
"This is my favorite because it is ancient and people like us can not find stuff like that anymore." <strong>- anonymous child</strong>
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Permanent Art Life Span: 
11th Dynasty
Catalog Number: 
AP.1989.1.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Egyptian
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
2100 B.C.
Permanent Period: 
Ancient Art
Permanent Material: 
polychrome on limestone<br />23 1/4 x 20 5/8 x 5 in.

This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. One of the principal purposes of the stela is explained in the vertical inscription located in front of the striding Iku. This written "appeal to the living" asks those who pause in front of it to read the text aloud, providing the deceased with "a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku." The text above Mer-imat's head describes her titles as "king's [ornament], priestess of Hathor, honored one, beautiful of ornament, overseer of oasis-dwellers."  The wealth of the couple is underscored by their fine dress that includes intricately beaded wigs, jeweled collars, armlets, and anklets. Iku's staff and scepter are traditional symbols of position and authority.

This funerary stela is almost certainly from Naga-ed-Deir, a village in Upper Egypt on the bank of the river Nile. The stela closely resembles nearly one hundred relief carvings found in the offering chambers of tombs in the vast cemetery at Naga-ed-Deir. Despite its fragmentary condition, the expertly carved surface and the original polychrome are well preserved.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from the Morton R. Hirschberg Bequest
Permanent Quote: 
"This is my favorite because it is ancient and people like us can not find stuff like that anymore." <strong>- anonymous child</strong>
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