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Doorjamb of the Mayor of Memphis Menkheper

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1391–1353 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb TT 27, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
h. 196.2 cm (77 1/4 in); w. 38 cm (14 15/16 in); th. 19 cm (7 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.272
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This is the left doorjamb from a Theban tomb inscribed with an offering prayer to Re-Harakhty-Atum on behalf of an official, whose name has been erased. A finely executed representation of Menkheper, the mayor of Memphis under Amenhotpe III, appears below. Found reused in the Dynasty 26 tomb of Sheshonq; the right jamb is now in Cairo.
Museum excavations, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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