Relief fragment with the head of a goddess
- Old Kingdom
- Dynasty 5–6
- reign of Unis–Pepi II
- ca. 2353–2152 B.C.
- From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, MMA excavations, 1906–07
- Limestone, paint
- h. 42 cm (16 9/16 in); w. 51 cm (20 1/16 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1908
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This large fragment preserves part of a colossal representation of an unidentified goddess who was certainly taking part in a ritual involving the king. The eye was originally filled with inlays of black and white stone that must have given the face a startlingly lifelike appearance.
Awe-inspiring compositions of large figures, showing the king interacting with gods, dominated the walls of pyramid complexes of the later Fifth and Sixth Dynasties.