Inscribed funerary stela

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Funerary stela, early 1st Intermediate period
Excavated at Denderah by Flinders Petrie, 1898

Donated by the Egypt Exploration Fund
Museum number 1966-224

It was important that the name of the dead person was recorded in the tomb to maintain their identity in the afterlife. This stone tablet or stela commemorates a local official named Merri, who is shown on the left. The inscription reads in part: "may the King...and Anubis upon his hill...grant funerary offerings of wine beer and bread" to Merri.

Inscribed funerary stela
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