introduction
BEGINNINGS:
THE PHOEBE HEARST ERA (1902-1920)


THE PHOEBE HEARST COLLECTIONS
GUATEMALA
NATIVE CALIFORNIA
ALASKAN ESKIMO
PHILIPPINES
ANCIENT NORTH AMERICA
ANCIENT PERU
ANCIENT egypt
Predynastic Period

Early Dynastic Period

Old Kingdom

01. Slab stela of the king’s son, Wepemnofret; painted limestone

02. “Reserve” head, limestone

03. Standing statue of a woman, Lady Itjetka; painted limestone

04. Seated statue of a woman, Lady Isran; painted limestone

05. Servant figure, woman grinding grain; limestone

06. Fluted bowl; diorite stone

07. Standing pair statue, painted limestone

08. Statue of a boy; acacia wood

New Kingdom/Third Intermediate

Ptolemaic/Roman Periods

ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN

TRANSITION (1920-1945)

EXPANSION (1945-1960)

CULMINATION (1960-1980)

RECENT YEARS (1980-2001)

RECENT ACQUISITIONS



“Curator’s Choice”
Slab stela of the king's son, Wepemnofret; painted limestone

Giza, cemetery 1200, tomb 1201; Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu, ca. 2625-2500 B.C.
Collected by George Reisner, 1905.
6-19825

"This carved stone relief depicts the King's son Wepemnofret seated at an offering table. His elite status is demonstrated by his extensive titulary dress (valanced wig, 'noble' beard, and leopard-skin wrap), and use of a stool made of costly wood. The text on the stela contains his numerous titles, a list of the provisions thought essential for his Afterlife existence (including incense, eye paint, oils, wine, and foodstuffs), and a list of the linen that may have been included in his burial. Slab stelae derive exclusively from Giza, where they were installed in the eastern facades of mastaba tombs located in the elite cemeteries immediately west of the Great Pyramid. Their markedly uniform style and decorative scheme suggest they were the products of (at most) two generations of artists. The high quality of their execution indicates that they were royal gifts to a select group of royal relatives and officers. Of the only fifteen examples (four in the Hearst Museum) known to have survived, that of Wepemnofret stands out as one of the largest, the best preserved, most complex, and one of the earliest examples." Cathleen Keller (Curator of Egyptian Art and Epigraphy).