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Ritual Implement Dedicated by a King Senwosret to Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 1961–1840 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Medium:
Hornblende granite
Dimensions:
H. 21 cm (8 1/4 in.); W. 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.); Th. 1 cm (3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.2.1
Not on view
Known as a pesesh-kef, this magical instrument has its origins in early Egyptian culture. It may represent an implement used to cut the umbilical cord. The pesesh-kef was employed in the Opening of the Mouth ritual, during which a priest would hold the implement to the mouth of a cult statue or mummy, allowing it to receive offerings. The inscription indicates that this implement was dedicated to Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II by one of the Senwosret kings, likely Senwosret III.
Yussef Hassan, Luxor

Yamamoto, Kei 2015. "Ritual Implement Dedicated by a King Senwosret to Nebheptre Mentuhotep II." 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. 287, no. 214.

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. 270.

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