Fragment from a battle scene depicting a foreigner throwing a spear and holding a distinctive shield

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Senwosret I
Date:
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I, MMA excavations; Probably from Causeway
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
h. 22 cm (8 11/16 in); w. 22 cm (8 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.235.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 110
This fragment is a rare example of a Middle Kingdom battle scene and shows a Semitic man with curly hair and a pointed beard hurling a spear. The figure probably stood on top of the fortifications of a walled town that was under siege by the Egyptian army.
Museum excavations, 1912-1913. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1913. Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.