Stela of Neferabu (London BM EA 589)(Object ID IG4PYD7XM5AU7JMJUVCZUC2TQU)

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Data type: Object

Object type: rundbogige Stele

Materials: Kalkstein

Dimensions (H×W(×D)): 39 × 28 cm

  • Finding place

    • westliches Ufer
      Comment on this place: Neferabu's title “servant in the Place of Truth” designates him as a workman from the village of Deir el-Medina.Neferabu owned a finely decorated tomb in the Deir el-Medina necropolis (TT5) as well as dedicating a number of votive objects in local chapels. This stela has no archaeological findspot, but the dedication to Ptah might suggest that it was set up in the cave sanctuary, oratory, for this deity located on the path running south-west from the village to the Valley of the Queens. The stela was bought in Thebes.

Current location

  • British Museum
    Inventory no(s).: EA 589
    Is at this location: Yes
    Comment on this place:
    The stela was acquired by the Earl of Belmore in the Theban area, and came to the British Museum through his collection in 1843 (James 1970, 36).

Comment on dating:

  • Neferabu is attested on two ostraca from the village of Deir el-Medina that bear dates in years 36 and 40 (Davies 1999, 158), indicating that he was active in the middle of the 66-year reign of Ramesses II.

Owner: Privatperson

Comment on cultural context

  • cultural context: commemorative object


  • - James, T. G. H. 1970. Hieroglyphic texts from Egyptian stelae, etc., part 9. London, 36 and pl. 31-31A [P,*H,K]
  • - KRI III, 771-772 [*H]
  • - Gunn, Battiscombe 1916. The religion of the poor in ancient Egypt. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 3 (2/3), 81-94 (here: 88-89, no. VI) [Ü]
  • - Lichtheim, Miriam 1976. Ancient Egyptian literature. A book of readings, volume II: The New Kingdom. Los Angeles, 109-110 [Ü]
  • - Assmann, Jan 1999. Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete: übersetzt, kommentiert und eingeleitet, 2nd rev. and extended ed. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis ([Sonderband]). Freiburg (Schweiz) / Göttingen, 377–378 (no. 150) [Ü]
  • - Kitchen, K. A. 2000. Ramesside inscriptions, translated & annotated: translations, volume III. Ramesses II, his contemporaries. Oxford, 517-518 [Ü]
  • - Vandier, La tombe de Nefer-abou (MIFAO 69), Le Caire, 1, 3, 49, 74-75 and pl. XXVI [P,Ü,K]
  • - PM I², 2, 728 [B]
  • - (12.11.2022) [*P]
  • Other bibliographical references:
  • - Baines, John and Elizabeth Frood 2011. Piety, change and display in the New Kingdom. In Collier, Mark and Steven Snape (eds), Ramesside studies in honour of K. A. Kitchen, Bolton, 1-17
  • - Borghouts, J. F. 1982. Divine intervention in ancient Egypt and its manifestation (bAw). In Demarée, R. J. and Jac. J. Janssen (eds), Gleanings from Deir el-Medîna, Leiden, 1-70
  • - Davies, Benedict G. 1999. Who’s who at Deir el-Medina: a prosopographic study of the royal workmen’s community. Egyptologische Uitgaven 13, Leiden
  • - Galán, José M. 1999. Seeing darkness. Chronique d'Égypte 74 (147), 18-30
  • - Luiselli, Maria Michela 2019. The interaction of visual narration with performance: three examples from New Kingdom Egypt. In Wagner-Durand, Elisabeth, Barbara Fath, and Alexander Heinemann (eds), Image - narration - context: visual narration in cultures and societies of the Old World, Heidelberg, 273-289

File protocol

  • - Elizabeth Frood, Transcription, translation, metadata, notes (data entered by P. Dils), 12.11.2022
  • - Peter Dils, Lemmatisation and grammatical encoding according to the transcription and translation by Frood; hieroglyphic encoding based on photographs, 12.11.2022

Author(s): Elizabeth Frood; with contributions by: Peter Dils
Data file created: 11/12/2022, latest revision: 11/13/2022
Editorial state: Verified

Please cite as:

(Full citation)
Elizabeth Frood, with contributions by Peter Dils, "Stela of Neferabu (London BM EA 589)" (Object ID IG4PYD7XM5AU7JMJUVCZUC2TQU) <>, in: Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae, Corpus issue 18, Web app version 2.1.2, 11/24/2023, ed. by Tonio Sebastian Richter & Daniel A. Werning on behalf of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert & Peter Dils on behalf of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig (accessed: xx.xx.20xx)
(Short citation), in: Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (accessed: xx.xx.20xx)