Relief depicting an offering table and part of an inscription

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 11
late reign of Mentuhotep II or later
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
Limestone, paint
H. 55 × W. 71.5 cm (21 5/8 × 28 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 107
The original colors are very well-preserved on this block, which depicts offerings that were piled in front of a now-missing figure of the tomb owner at his funerary banquet. Visible here are figs in a basket, molds for baking bread, a huge goose, and meat and vegetables topped by two papyrus plants. The inscription below provides a partial list of Dagi’s titles: “sealer [of the king of Lower Egypt], sole companion, favorite of the god, director of those who are among the gods, [. . .] of Horus.”[bjtj] mr.j-nTr xrp-(j)m.(j)-nTr.w ...Hr.w

...sealer of (the King of Lower Egypt), sole companion, beloved of the god, director of those who are among the gods, ...of Horus
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911-12. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 162.