Artist's Scaled Drawing of Hieroglyphs, Limestone, ink

Artist's Scaled Drawing of Hieroglyphs

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Hatshepsut Hole, MMA excavations, 1922–23
Medium:
Limestone, ink
Dimensions:
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:
23.3.4
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.