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Fragment of a torus molding from the shrine of a royal woman within the temple of Mentuhotep II

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Reign:
early reign of Mentuhotep II
Date:
ca. 2051–2030 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, Shrines of the royal women, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations, 1904–06
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
h. 27 x w. 33 cm (10 5/8 x 13 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1906, 1907
Accession Number:
06.1231.76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
A torus is a half-round or three-quarter round, tube-shaped molding that appears along the outer edges of a building, either horizontally or vertically. The torus may be a depiction of the wood framework of simple houses with the bindings for the attachment of reed mats.
Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund and.acquired by EEF from the Egyptian government in the division of finds. Donated by the EEF to the Museum in return for its support, 1906.

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