Stela of Amenemhat and Yatu

A work made of limestone and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.


Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 12–early Dynasty 13 (about 1870–1770 BC)



About this artwork

This stela, or decorated stone monument, depicts a man named Amenemhat seated across from his mother Yatu. A table covered in offerings including bread, meat, and drinks separates them. Amenemhat is portrayed holding a flywhisk, a sign of authority. A blue stone jar designed to hold kohl (eye paint) with an applicator sticking out of its top is shown under his chair. An ointment container is depicted beneath the chair of Yatu, who holds a lotus blossom to her nose. In ancient Egypt, the lotus was a symbol of rebirth. The hieroglyphic text above the figures includes a prayer to the god of the underworld, Osiris: “May he give invocation offerings of bread, beer, oxen, fowl, alabaster, clothing, and every good and pure thing upon which [a god] lives, to the ka (soul) of the retainer Amenemhat, deceased.”

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Ancient and Byzantine Art


Ancient Egyptian


Stela of Amenemhat and Yatu




1870 BC–1770 BC


Limestone and pigment


59 × 42.5 × 11 cm (23 1/4 × 16 3/4 × 4 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Norman W. Harris

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