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Relief depicting the head of a scribe

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Reign:
late reign of Mentuhotep II or later
Date:
ca. 2010–2000 B.C. or ca. 2000–1981 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Dagi (TT 103, MMA 807), MMA excavations, 1911–12
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 10.9 cm (4 5/16 in); W. 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.180.265
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 107
This regularly shaped piece of relief-decorated limestone was most probably inserted into a larger block in order to repair an irregularity or damaged area. Preserved is the face of a scribe who has tucked his writing brush behind his ear.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911-12. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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