Discovered in the Middle Kingdom pyramid complex of Amenemhat at Lisht, this fragment can be dated stylistically to the later Old Kingdom. It shows a standing figure of a male deity, who is either animal or bird headed, wearing a wig and holding a scepter. Above him is a hieroglyphic label that reads: "Lord of Cats' Town."
nb mjw.w Lord of Cats' (Town)* * in Thebes, there was an area called 'the cats' according to much later sources. It is possible that the inscription refers to Miu, a placename in Nubia, which is attested earlier; see Zibelius 1978: 89-91.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1912-1913. 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. 68.