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Relief with hieroglyphic label "Lord of Cats' Town"

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 5–6
ca. 2353–2150 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Complex of Amenemhat I, MMA excavations, 1912–13
h. 34.6 cm (13 5/8 in); w. 38.1 cm (15 in); th. 7 cm (2 3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Discovered in the Middle Kingdom pyramid complex of Amenemhat at Lisht, this fragment can be dated stylistically to the later Old Kingdom. It shows a standing figure of a male deity, who is either animal or bird headed, wearing a wig and holding a scepter. Above him is a hieroglyphic label that reads: "Lord of Cats' Town."
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Lord of Cats' (Town)*
* in Thebes, there was an area called 'the cats' according to much later sources. It is possible that the inscription refers to Miu, a placename in Nubia, which is attested earlier; see Zibelius 1978: 89-91.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1912-1913. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 68.

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