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Re-Used Blocks from the Pyramid of Amenemhet I at Lisht

Re-Used Blocks from the Pyramid of Amenemhet I at Lisht

Goedicke, Hans
162 pages
157 illustrations
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The limestone reliefs termed "Lisht Blocks" presented in this volume were found by the Metropolitan Museum's Egyptian Expedition, which was active at Lisht from 1906 to 1934. They had been removed from earlier, probably already dilapidated, buildings by Amenemhet I, founder of the XII Dynasty, and used in the construction of his own pyramid and funerary temple. With the passage of time both pyramid and temple fell into disrepair; these blocks became accessible, as they had been placed near the surface of the pyramid, in the lining of its corridors, and in the foundations of the temple.

When the excavation of the northern part of the site was concluded in 1922, the work of publishing the Lisht Blocks was undertaken by Caroline Ransome Williams; Lindsley Foote Hall made the line drawings that appear in the present volume under Mrs. Williams's direction. Mrs. Williams, however, found it necessary to retire before the completion of the work. The project was revived when William C. Hayes became Curator and entrusted the publication of the blocks to Hans Goedicke. Dr. Goedicke has divided the reliefs into two groups, those antedating, or probably antedating, Amenemhet I, and those contemporary with him or later. Only the first group is treated here.

The importance of the Lisht Blocks is universally recognized by Egyptologists, and it is gratifying that these unique antiquities are, in this publication, becoming generally available.

Met Art in Publication

Temple relief, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Relief with the head of a female personification of an estate, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Relief fragment with king Khufu's cattle, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Block of Relief, Limestone, paint
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
ca. 2353–2323 B.C.
ca. 1981–1952 B.C.
Scenes from a King's Thirty-Year Jubilee, Limestone, paint
ca. 2575–2551 B.C.
Relief with hieroglyphic label "Lord of Cats' Town", Limestone
ca. 2353–2150 B.C.
ca. 2030–1640 B.C.
Relief with running troops, Limestone, paint
ca. 2465–2458 B.C.
Archers, Limestone, paint
ca. 2551–2494 B.C.
Oarsmen and an Official, Limestone, paint traces
ca. 2465–2458 B.C.
Relief showing a royal ship, Limestone
ca. 2400–2323 B.C.
Relief Fragment with a Ship Under Sail, Limestone, paint traces
ca. 2465–2458 B.C.
Relief depicting cattle farming, Limestone, paint
ca. 2323–2150 B.C.
Relief with a billy goat, Limestone
ca. 2551–2528 B.C.
Relief fragment with two young dogs, Limestone, paint
ca. 2400–2323 B.C.
Fragment of relief, Limestone
ca. 1981–1952 B.C.

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Goedicke, Hans. 1971. Re-Used Blocks from the Pyramid of Amenemhet I at Lisht. Publications of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition 20. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition.