Forty-one Early Dynastic and early Old Kingdom funerary relief slabs from Helwan have been studied recently. These slabs (also referred to as ‘stelae’) comprise those excavated by Zaki SAAD between 1942 and 1954, together with new finds from excavations at the site by the Australian mission (ACE), under the direction of Dr E.C. KÖHLER since 1999. The study has resulted in the reinterpretation of their archaeological context, relative chronology, epigraphy, and lexicographic meaning. The latter is especially pertinent to the textile terminology.