Stela of Maaty and Dedwi
Limestone, 28 7/16 x 20 1/2 x 2 1/16 in. (72.3 x 52.1 x 5.3 cm)
First Intermediate Period, ca. 2170-2008 B.C.E.
Possibly from Naga ed-Dei
Brooklyn #39.1, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(from the info card and museum website)|
"The sculptor who carved this colorful funerary stela of the official Maaty and his wife, Dedwi, lived during the First Intermediate Period. At this time, the centralized royal government of the Old Kingdom had given way to local rulers, isolating provincial artists from the artistic traditions of the royal court. They developed local styles which, as on this stela, tended to be simple but lively."