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Artist's Scaled Drawing of Hieroglyphs

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut Hole, MMA excavations, 1922–23
Limestone, ink
16 x 14.5 x 4 cm (6 5/16 x 5 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This small sketch depicts a frequently occurring group of hieroglyphs meaning "life, prosperity, and dominion." The grid lines allowed the artist to draw the hieroglyphs at whatever scale was needed.
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