Sunk relief fragment with head of Mentuhotep II wearing white crown - ROM2009_10889_4


Sunk relief fragment with head of Mentuhotep II wearing white crown

Medium:Sandstone, carved and painted
Geography: Excavated at the temple of Nebhepetre Montuhotep, Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 2055-2004 BC
Period: Reign of Mentuhotep II, 11th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
23.5 x 19.05 cm
Object number: 910.34.24
Not on view

This sandstone relief from the temple of Nebhepetre Montuhotep at Deir el Bahri may represent a god, rather than the king; there is no uraeus and the beard curls up, like a divine beard.  If it is divine image, it may well represent Osiris, wearing the white crown, shown with the features of the ruling king, Nebhepetre Montuhotep.

The image possesses all the facial features associatedd with Nebhepetre Montuhotep. His eye is outlined by a flat band representing eye paint and extended to form a cosmetic line.  The inner canthus of the eye dips downwards, and the eyebrow appears flat.  His lips protrude, and his ear is carefully modelled. The high quality of the relief is evident in the crisp assured carving and the clean draughtsmanship resulting in an organic cohesiveness  totee face.

The original location of this image within the temple is not known, though the hypostyle hall has been suggested.  The ROM possesses more than two hundred fragments from the Montuhotep complex.

If you see an error or have additional information, please contact us by clicking here.