EC148 Stela belonging to a woman
As can be seen the woman here stands in front of the man, showing that the stela belongs to her. Perhaps men had been killed off during the civil war of the First Intermediate Period. The evidence for a shortage of men during this period is unproven, though Fischer (2000, 4) suggests that there is polygamy at this time which supports the evidence (for more information on women’s status at this time see Graves-Brown 2010, 30-31).
The offering formula begins: An offering which the king gives to anubis in all his places. A voice offering of bread and beer, for the revered one offerings….
Graves-Brown, 2010, Dancing for Hathor. Women in Ancient Egypt. London and New York: Continuum.
Fischer, H.G. 2000. Egyptian Women of the Old Kingdom and of the Herakleopolitan Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.