Funerary Stela of the Royal Sealer Neferiu, 8th Dynasty -First Intermediate Period


Funerary Stela of the Royal Sealer Neferiu
Dynasty 8- First Intermediate Period (ca.2150-2010 BCE)
Painted Limestone, from Dendera (according to parallels
Gift of J. Pierpoint Morgan, 1912 (12.183.8)

Back in 2008, I photographed the entire card nearest this piece. Six pieces are described, and I'm certain which one is the Funerary Stela of Indi and His Wife, so that narrows it down to five. It's painted, so that eliminates the pieces which are not painted, which leaves us with three options. I think it's more likely to be Neferiu's funerary stela, for the theme of a high pile of food before the deceased one insures they will be well-fed in the afterlife. Also, the 'nefer' hieroglyph is repeated often in the stela text, so it's a good chance it is 'Neferiu' they are describing. (And in 2012, I am able to check the Museum website and know for sure.)


(From Wilkinson's _Reading Egyptian Art_)