Slab stela of the king's son, Wepemnofret

“Curator’s Choice”
Slab stela of the king's son, Wepemnofret; painted limestone
Giza, cemetery 1200, tomb 1201; Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu, ca. 2625-2500 B.C.
Collected by George Reisner, 1905.
The anthropology museum at the University of California
"This carved stone relief depicts the King's son Wepemnofret seated at an offering table. His elite status is demonstrated by his extensive titulary dress (valanced wig, 'noble' beard, and leopard-skin wrap), and use of a stool made of costly wood. The text on the stela contains his numerous titles, a list of the provisions thought essential for his Afterlife existence (including incense, eye paint, oils, wine, and foodstuffs), and a list of the linen that may have been included in his burial. Slab stelae derive exclusively from Giza, where they were installed in the eastern facades of mastaba tombs located in the elite cemeteries immediately west of the Great Pyramid. Their markedly uniform style and decorative scheme suggest they were the products of (at most) two generations of artists. The high quality of their execution indicates that they were royal gifts to a select group of royal relatives and officers. Of the only fifteen examples (four in the Hearst Museum) known to have survived, that of Wepemnofret stands out as one of the largest, the best preserved, most complex, and one of the earliest examples." Cathleen Keller (Curator of Egyptian Art and Epigraphy).

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