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Relief fragment from a row of vulture figures

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Reign:
reign of Mentuhotep II, early
Date:
ca. 2051–2030 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Neferu (TT 319, MMA 31), MMA excavations, 1923–25, 1930–31
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
26.3.353aa: H. 16 x W. 13 cm (6 5/16 x 5 1/8 in.) 31.3.1r: H. 22 x W. 21 cm (8 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.3.353aa
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 104
Several examples of the griffon vulture, bird of the goddess Nekhbet of el-Kab in Upper Egypt and hieroglyph for “mother,” appears in this group of fragments. Such depictions would have served to evoke the protection of this powerful deity.

For other reliefs from the tomb of Neferu, see 26.3.353* and 31.3.1.
Museum excavations, 1923-25. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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