Relief fragment from a row of vulture figures
- Middle Kingdom
- Dynasty 11
- reign of Mentuhotep II, early
- ca. 2051–2030 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Neferu (TT 319, MMA 31), MMA excavations, 1923–25, 1930–31
- Limestone, paint
- 26.3.353aa: H. 16 x W. 13 cm (6 5/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
31.3.1r: H. 22 x W. 21 cm (8 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1926
- Accession Number:
Several examples of the griffon vulture, bird of the goddess Nekhbet of el-Kab in Upper Egypt and hieroglyph for “mother,” appears in this group of fragments. Such depictions would have served to evoke the protection of this powerful deity.
For other reliefs from the tomb of Neferu, see 26.3.353* and 31.3.1.