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Relief fragment with a khekher frieze

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11
Reign:
late reign of Mentuhotep II or later
Date:
ca. 2010–2000 B.C. or ca. 2000–1981 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Dagi (TT 103, MMA 807), MMA excavations, 1911–12
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
L. 42.8 × H. 20.4 cm (16 7/8 × 8 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.180.248
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 107
The top border of relief and painting scenes in Egyptian tombs (and temples) was customarily delineated with a design known as a khekher frieze. This consists, as shown here, of a horizontal band of colored squares and rectangles topped by stylized representations of knotted fringes, which echo textile hangings or reed mats that might have adorned the walls of houses. (See also 12.180.247.)
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911-12. 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, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 162.

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