Egypt (Mesheikh, tomb 101), First Intermediate Period, Dynasties 9-10, 2100-2040 B.C.E.
Limestone, Length x width x height: 71 x 54 x 9.5 cm (27 15/16 x 21 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.) Weight: 51.26 kg (113 lb.)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition 1912, MFA #12.1479
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry
"This stele, originally from a small mud-brick tomb at Mesheikh in central Egypt, depicts an official named Wadjsetji with his wife, Merirtyef, and their two children. They face a tall pile of food offerings, and the text above them contains a prayer addressed to the funerary god Anubis. The brightly colored figures, with their large eyes, pointy noses, and excessively long arms, are typical of sculpture from this region." (From info card)
A mirror is in front of Merirtyef. Later on, in the Middle Kingdom, she would have likely been depicted holding the mirror, as the woman is in the stela of Dedu and Sitsobek at the Met museum.