Offered symbolically, the images and hieroglyphics depicted on the right of this funerary stela ensured that Heni, a local high official, would never experience hunger or thirst in the afterlife. The slightly awkward proportions of Heni’s figure are typical of monuments of the First Intermediate period, when there was no centralized government in Egypt. The lack of royal control over artistic production during this time allowed artists to experiment, as seen in the multiple levels of relief on Heni’s kilt, the particular green of the hieroglyphs, and the striped border. 2134-2040 BCE
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Egyptian; funerary art; afterlife; relief
RISD Museum; Revoy, Antoine; and Allen, James, "Funerary Stela of Heni" (2013). Channel. 16.