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Relief depicting the performance of funerary rituals

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 11
late reign of Mentuhotep II or later
ca. 2010–2000 B.C. or ca. 2000–1981 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Dagi (TT 103, MMA 807), MMA excavations, 1911–12
Limestone, pigment
L. 89.2 × H. 38.5 cm (35 1/8 × 15 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 107
This beautifully carved and painted relief block comes from the inner chapel of the tomb of the vizier Dagi at Thebes. The figures depicted here participate in Dagi's funeral rites. At the right, the upper body and arms of a butcher are preserved; behind him a lector priest performs an offering ritual. The partially preserved inscription reads: "[A gift that the king] gives (consisting of) thousands of loaves of bread, thousands of jars of beer, thousands of various meats for the ka (life-force) of the member of the elite Dagi.”

The name of the lector priest, Tetiemsaf (“Teti is his protection”), which refers to deified monarch of the Old Kingdom (Dynasty 6, ca. 2350 B.C.), establishes a remarkable link with the pyramids and pyramid cities in the north. This scene would have been in the top register of the wall, at the left edge, as indicated by the band of colored rectangles at the top and side of the block.
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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