From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Neferu (TT 319, MMA 31), MMA excavations, 1923–25, 1930–31
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.)
Rogers Fund, 1926
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.