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Deir el-Medina: stele of Nefersenut

Stele of Nefersenut from Deir el-Medina (British Museum EA 316).

This limestone stela from the 19th Dynasty (1293-1185 BC), found at Deir el-Medina, concerns an offering made by members of an influential family of foremen in the artisans' town. Nefersenut was the father of Paneb, a foreman of the tomb-workers. The stela represents four generations of Paneb's family.

In the right side of the top register, Nefersenut is shown kneeling before the goddess Hathor, who sits on the throne at left. Nefersenut holds out a brazier containing an offering to the goddess.

In the lower register are three kneeling figures. On the left is Nefersenut's eldest son Paneb, who would become foreman of laborers in the Valley of the Kings. In the middle is Paneb's son Aapakhte, while at right is Paneb's grandson. Several other inscriptions related to Paneb's family, and their relations with rival families in the town, are in the British Museum, and the Petrie Museum at University College, London. 


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