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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
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
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.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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