Figure fragment of a face - ROM2018_16217_9


Figure fragment of a face

Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 2055-2004 BC
Period: Reign of Mentuhotep II, 11th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
9.3 × 9.8 × 7.5 cm
Object number: 907.18.21
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description The skillful and sensitive carving of this fragmentary face, particularly the gentle smile that plays around the sensuous lips, suggests that this piece, found in the Eleventh Dynasty Temple of Nebhepetre Montuhotep at Deir el Bahari, may represent the king himself.  The broad nose, generous mouth and firm, square chin, evoke an ideal masculinity.


Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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