From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Temple of Ramesses IV, MMA excavations, 1915–16
L. 2.2 cm (7/8 in.), W. 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1916
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
This cartouche shaped plaque bears the name of Ramesses IV who initiated several building projects and sent large expeditions to mining regions and quarries early on in his reign. His plans and ambitions were cut short by his death in the sixth year of his reign, but he had been able to complete and decorate his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. He also began work on a gigantic processional temple in Thebes, in which a number of intact foundation deposit were found with literally hundreds of plaques and other objects inscribed with his names, like this plaque here.
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.