Visiting Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion? You must join the virtual exhibition queue when you arrive. If capacity has been reached for the day, the queue will close early.

Learn more
Middle Kingdom Tomb Architecture at Lisht: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition

Middle Kingdom Tomb Architecture at Lisht: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition

Arnold, Dieter, with an appendix by James P. Allen
270 pages
170 illustrations
View More Publication Info

The exploration of the Middle Kingdom cemeteries at El-Lisht, twenty miles south of Cairo, began in 1882, with the opening of the entrances to the pyramids of Amenenmhat I and Senwosret I. From 1906 to 1934 and again from 1984 to 1991 the Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, worked intensively at the Lisht site. In the present volume Dieter Arnold describes and documents the architecture and wall decoration of tombs built for courtiers and officials around the two royal pyramids at Lisht. Ancient tomb robbers and quarrymen had almost totally denuded the Middle Kingdom buildings, but excavation and careful study of remaining foundations, architectural elements, and fragments of relief decoration have enabled the author and his team to reconstruct to a fair degree the form and appearance of these masterpieces of ancient Egyptian architecture. The textual portion ends with an appendix written by James P. Allen, professor of Egyptology at Brown University, that reviews an important biographical inscription from one of the tombs. This amply illustrated volume, which also publishes for the first time one of the most highly artistic painted sarcophagi of the Middle Kingdom, is the twenty-eighth in the series documenting the Museum's fieldwork in Egypt. It provides the architectural background for innumerable sculptures and small objects excavated in the tombs at El-Lisht that are now part of the collections of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Met Art in Publication

Relief fragment from tomb of Senwosret, Limestone, paint, plaster
ca. 1925–1900 B.C.
Canopic jar of Ameny, Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
ca. 1950–1750 B.C.
ca. 1944–1917 B.C.
ca. 1937–1917 B.C.
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Relief block from the tomb of Sebeknakht, Limestone, paint
ca. 1971–1952 B.C.
Relief with the prince Senwosretankh, Limestone, paint
ca. 1981–1952 B.C.
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Stela of Rehuerdjersen, Limestone
ca. 1900–1850 B.C.
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Relief Fragment with Two Birds in the Papyrus Thicket, Limestone, paint
ca. 1925–1900 B.C.
ca. 1961–1917 B.C.
Guardian Figure, Cedar wood, plaster, paint
ca. 1919–1885 B.C.
Shrine for Anubis fetish (Imiut), Wood, paint
ca. 1919–1885 B.C.
Model Solar Boat of Imhotep, Wood, stucco, paint
ca. 1859–1640 B.C.
ca. 1919–1878 B.C.
ca. 1981–1950 B.C.
ca. 1981–1900 B.C.
Relief block depicting plucking and roasting fowl and herds crossing water, Limestone
ca. 1962–1952 B.C.
Showing 20 of 50

You May Also Like

A slider containing 5 items.
Press the down key to skip to the last item.


View Citations

———. 2008. Middle Kingdom Tomb Architecture at Lisht. Publications of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition, v. 28. New York : New Haven [Conn.]: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Yale University Press.