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Relief depicting an offering table and part of an inscription

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Reign:
late reign of Mentuhotep II or later
Date:
ca. 2010–2000 B.C. or ca. 2000–1981 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Dagi (TT 103, MMA 807), MMA excavations, 1911–12
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 55 × W. 71.5 cm (21 5/8 × 28 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.180.244
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 107
The original colors are very well-preserved on this block, which depicts offerings that were piled in front of a now-missing figure of the tomb owner at his funerary banquet. Visible here are figs in a basket, molds for baking bread, a huge goose, and meat and vegetables topped by two papyrus plants. The inscription below provides a partial list of Dagi’s titles: “[treas]urer, sole companion, favorite of the god, director of those who are among the gods, [. . .] of Horus.”
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911-12. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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