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Relief with Husband and Wife
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Relief with Husband and Wife

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Description The sculptor Mentu-user and his wife Hepu are shown seated before a table heaped with various offerings, including a haunch of beef, a goose, and a bunch of grapes. The inscriptions beside their heads identify them. Note that the hieroglyphs face in the same direction as the figures. The two columns of hieroglyphs on the right are a request to the living to recite the offering text calling for fowl and a thousand loaves of bread for Mentu-user. The red flesh tone of the man and the yellow of the woman are an artistic convention to differentiate the sexes.
Date Description Narrative
1/22/2001Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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ca. 2100-2020 BC (First Intermediate Period-early Middle Kingdom)
limestone with paint
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6 1/2 x 11 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. (16.5 x 29.5 x 6 cm)


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