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Stele of Memi
Funerary monument and ornaments
Middle Kingdom (1987-1640 B.C.)
Painted limestone

This is a false-door stele with the lintel jutting out on top. This particular type of funerary stele was usually placed between the offerings chamber and the burial chamber. At the center is the classical offerings scene, with the dead woman shown standing, her left hand on her breast. In front of her is the offerings table, with slices of bread, lettuce, meat and other food. Inscriptions on the sides of the stele identify the deceased as “Memi.”

Provenance: From Middle Egypt, from a mastaba in the Memphis necropolis (?)
Inventory: Inv. MB 18

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