Limestone Altar from the Tomb of Shen-sethi at Dendereh, between 2134 and 2040 BCE

  • Egyptian

Limestone

  • Framed: Overall: 10 3/8 × 15 × 3 inches (26.4 × 38.1 × 7.6 cm)

Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899

1990.213

Department

Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas

  • First intermediate period
  • Limestone
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Altar
  • Funerary object
  • Egypt

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Inscribed, hieroglyphs: [translated: [offerings of 1000] libations of water, 1000 of bread, 1000 of beer, 1000 of alabaster (jars), 1000 of oxen and fowl for Shen-sethi.]

Provenance

excavated from tomb of Shen-sethi (Dendereh, Egypt); 1897-98, excavated by Flinders Petrie; 1899, gifted by the Egypt Exploration Fund; 1990-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Rights Status

Egyptian, Limestone Altar from the Tomb of Shen-sethi at Dendereh, between 2134 and 2040 BCE, limestone. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899, 1990.213.