Plaque from a Foundation Deposit of Senwosret I

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109

Excavators from the Metropolitan Museum found intact three of the four foundation deposits under Senwosret I’s pyramid. They contained pottery and food offerings along with small rectangular tablets that commemorated the name of the king and his monument, which in this case was called “The pyramid: Senwosret is viewing the Two Lands.” The phrase seems to suggest a combined identity of pyramid and king that would protect the country.

Plaque from a Foundation Deposit of Senwosret I, Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

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