Tablet from a foundation deposit of King Mentuhotep II

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 107

This tablet comes from a foundation deposit placed at the southeast corner of the terrace of Mentuhotep II's mortuary temple. There were four such deposits, each containing food offerings laid out in pottery dishes and miniature jars with mud stoppers that once held wine or beer. Across the top of each deposit were laid four flat mud bricks. One of these was solid; embedded in each of the other three was an inscribed tablet made out of one of the other materials to be used for building the temple, namely wood, stone, and metal. This wooden example is inscribed with the name of Nebhepetre (Mentuhotep II), who is said here to be beloved of the god Montu-Re, lord of Thebes.

Tablet from a foundation deposit of King Mentuhotep II, Wood

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