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Doorjamb of the Mayor of Memphis Menkheper

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1391–1353 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb TT 27, MMA excavations, 1935–36
h. 196.2 cm (77 1/4 in); w. 38 cm (14 15/16 in); th. 19 cm (7 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This is the left doorjamb from a Theban tomb inscribed with an offering prayer to Re-Harakhty-Atum on behalf of an official, whose name has been erased. A finely executed representation of Menkheper, the mayor of Memphis under Amenhotpe III, appears below. Found reused in the Dynasty 26 tomb of Sheshonq; the right jamb is now in Cairo.
Museum excavations, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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