Hieratic copy of the Teaching of Amenemhat I

New Kingdom, Ramesside

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124

This extract from a strikingly dramatic poem was written on the sherd of a large jar. In the story, a vision of the dead king Amenemhat I speaks to his son and warns him of the burden of kingship. He describes a night when he was attacked and apparently killed by his bodyguard. Although it may have been composed in the Eighteenth Dynasty, the poem provides a vivid picture of kingship centered on Middle Kingdom rulers.

Hieratic copy of the Teaching of Amenemhat I, Pottery, ink

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