King Senusret I (12th Dynasty, ca. 1950 B.C.) was so impressed with his steward, Mentuwoser, that he presented him with this stela boasting a groaning funeral banquet.
The text and reliefs ensure that Mentuwoser's family will honour him and that he will receive a bounty of food offerings forever.
Facing Mentuwoser, his son, Intef, recites the offering formula to ensure that his father's name will be remembered forever, his daughter Dedet holds a sweet-smelling lotus, and his father offers a covered dish of food and a jug of beer!
The stela was likely erected in Mentuwoser's commemorative chapel at Abydos, the sacred pilgrimage centre of Osiris, where it would bring Mentuwoser both rebirth and sustenance at the annual festivals honouring the god of the underworld.
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Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acc. No. 12.184