The sidelocks of the people on this relief block identify the men as Libyans. They need not be prisoners but could be members of the Egyptian army or envoys at a festival. As usual with sandstone relief pieces the block was part of a temple decoration at Karnak.
Purchased by the Museum from Ernst Kofler, Lucerne, 1965.
Fischer, Henry G. 1965. "Reports of the Departments: Egyptian." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 24, no. 2 (October), p. 54.