Although the original location of this stela is unknown, it is almost certainly from Naga ed-Der, a village in Upper Egypt, about seventy miles northwest of Thebes and Karnak, on the bank of the Nile river. This stela closely resembles nearly one hundred relief carvings found in the offering chambers of tombs in the vast cemetery at Naga ed-Der.
This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. One of the principal purposes of the stela is explained in the hieroglyphics located in front of the striding Iku. This written “appeal to the living” asks those who pause in front of it to read the offering text aloud, providing the deceased with “a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku.”