Relief, tomb of Dagi: two sons(?) of Dagi
reign of Mentuhotep II or after
ca. 2010–2000 B.C. or ca. 2000–1981 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Dagi (TT 103, MMA 807), MMA excavations, 1911–12
H. 46.7 cm (18 3/8 in); W. 62 cm (24 7/16 in)
Rogers Fund, 1912
Dagi was a treasurer and vizier during the late years of Mentuhotep II (2010–2000 B.C.) and the reign of Mentuhotep III (ca. 2000–1988 B.C.). His rock-cut tomboverlooked the Asasif valley (the eastern extension of Deir el-Bahri). It has the traditional shape of a "saff"-tomb with a pillared facade. Owing to the friable consistency of the rock, the massive pillars had to be strengthened with brick. Both the brick and rock segments of the pillars were covered with plaster and painted with scenes from daily life.Unusually, the corridor into the interior started from the tomb facade, not from the transverse hall behind the pillars, as was the norm. It led to an interior offeringchapel. Both the corridor and the chapel were cased in fine limestone and decorated with painted reliefs. The tomb was used in early Christian times as a monastery, and the casing blocks were, either at that time or earlier,taken down and smashed to pieces. Only a handful of fragments were recovered; the exceptionally fine relief forms a convincing link in the stylistic development from the earlier reliefs of the tomb of Khety (see 26.3.354*) ) to reliefs from Lisht North (), approximately twenty years later.Here two exquisitely adorned and made-up young men are squatting, each with one knee up. Their attitude is reverential, with their left hands on their right shoulders and their right hands gripping their left forearms. The only preserved name is Saiset (Son of Isis), an early appearance of the goddess Isis in a name.
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