Artist's Scaled Drawing of Hieroglyphs, Limestone, ink

Artist's Scaled Drawing of Hieroglyphs

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut Hole, MMA excavations, 1922–23
Limestone, ink
16 x 14.5 x 4 cm (6 5/16 x 5 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This small sketch depicts a frequently occurring group of hieroglyphs meaning "life, prosperity, and dominion." The grid lines allowed the artist to draw the hieroglyphs at whatever scale was needed.
Museum excavations, 1922-23. Acquired in the division of finds, 1923.

Winlock, Herbert E. 1923. "The Egyptian Expedition 1922–1923." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 18, no. 12, part 2 (December), p. 37, fig. 32.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 175, fig. 96.