From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations
H. 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.)
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1907
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This fine indurated limestone torso and head was uncovered in the early Twentieth Century during excavations conducted by Edouard Naville at the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II at Deir el-Bahri. The face, which had brocken off in antiquity, was discovered in the 1960s by Polish excavators who were clearing the destroyed temple of Thutmose III which is adjacent to Mentuhotep's temple. This piece is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. In the 1990s, the Egyptian Museum made a cast of the face, which is now displayed on the Metropolitan torso. At the same time, a cast of the torso was sent to Cairo and is now displayed with the face. Artist Donald Jensen painted the two casts to match the originals.
Excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund at Thebes. Received by the EEF from the Egyptian government in the division of finds.Acquired by the Museum from the EEF through subscription, 1907.