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Preliminary drawing of a head and foot

Period:
Middle Kingdom–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11–18
Date:
ca. 2124–1504 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Sebeknakht (MMA 808), MMA excavations, 1913–14
Medium:
Limestone, ink
Dimensions:
H. 16.8 × W. 18 × D. 5.5 cm (6 5/8 × 7 1/16 × 2 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.1.414a
Not on view
Blocks of fine limestone such as this were used to line the walls of the tomb chapel and provide a surface for the decoration. Visible here is the preliminary drawing of a head in profile and the front of a foot from the register above, meant as the basis for relief carvings that were never completed.
Excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, 1913-14. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds.

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