Fragment from a battle scene depicting a foreigner throwing a spear and holding a distinctive shield
reign of Senwosret I
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I, Causeway (by comparison only), MMA excavations
h. 22 cm (8 11/16 in); w. 22 cm (8 11/16 in)
Rogers Fund, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 110
This fragment is a rare example of a Middle Kingdom battle scene and shows a Semitic man with curly hair and a pointed beard hurling a spear. The figure probably stood on top of the fortifications of a walled town that was under siege by the Egyptian army.
Museum excavations, 1912-1913. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1913.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.