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Relief block with the names of Amenemhat I and Senwosret I

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat I (coregency with Senwosret I?)
Date:
ca. 1962–1952 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, re-used in foundation, MMA excavations, 1908–09
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in.); W. 88.5 cm (34 13/16 in.); D. 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.200.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 108
On this relief, King Amenemhat I (left) wears a crown with tall feathers, while King Senwosret I (right) has a crown with ram’s horns, little of which survives. The relief was originally part of a block that separated two rooms in a temple dedicated to King Amenemhat I. In these scenes, he was shown as a living king addressed by his son Senwosret I, who was also depicted as a ruling pharaoh. The representations indicate a coregency, a new development in the Middle Kingdom.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Lythgoe, Albert M. 1908. "Recent Egyptian Acquisitions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 12 (December), p. 220.

Jánosi, Peter 2015. "Two Reliefs with Names of Amenemhat I and Senwosret I." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 62–63, fig. 52, no. 12A.

Arnold, Dieter and Peter Jánosi 2015. "The Move to the North: Establishing a New Capital." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 56.

Oppenheim, Adela 2015. "Temples: Secluded Domains for Kings and Gods." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 271.

Arnold, Dieter and Adela Oppenheim 2015. "Excavations by The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Middle Kingdom Sites." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 311.

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