Uha and Henutsen

Uha and his wife Henutsen
First Intermediate Period, Dynasties 7-11, c. 2219 - 1995 BCE
Limestone and pigment, H: 43 1/2; 27 3/3 in (111.7 x 71.1 cm)
Naga ed- Deir (?), Purchased in Cairo, 1935, OIM 16956
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

(From Info Card and from _Ancient Egypt: Treasures of the Oriental Institute_, by Emily Teeter, page 34):
"Funerary stelae were erected in private tomb chapels to commemorate the name, career, and exemplary behavior of the deceased for eternity. As visitors to the tomb chapel read and recited the inscriptions, the memory of the deceased was evoked among the living."

"Uha, who bore the titles "Seal Bearer of the King" and "Lector Priest," is shown with his wife Henut-sen, [who was a Priestess of Hathor]. The monument was commissioned by, and for, Uha, hence his wife as a subsidiary figure was shown on a much smaller scale."

Normally she would embrace his shoulders, with height difference, she embraces his wrist.
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

This stela records the virtues of Uha, alluding to his self-reliance and good family relations:
'I was one beloved of his father, praised by his mother, one whom his brothers and sisters love...I was an excellent citizen who lived by his [own] possessions, who ploughed with his [own] team of oxen, who sailed in his [own] boat, not with what I recieved from the hand of my father Uha (senior).'

There's also "unclear references" to what is being translated "when I was circumcised along with 120 men, there was none whom I struck and none who struck me, there was none whom I scratched and none who scratched me". Perhaps further study will reveal just what was going on there.

"Note the small figures of men to the right of Uha's face who are intended to eternally present offerings to the deceased:"

(Vertical text)
"Oh living ones upon earth, you shall say,
'A thousand of bread, beer, oxen, and fowl, and a thousand of every good thing for the revered on, the count, Uha.'
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

Note the similarity between this piece and other First Intermediate pieces, one at the Metropolitan Museum and one at the Brooklyn Museum:

Indi and His Wife

Maaty & Dedwi