Relief fragment - ROM2014_14384_1


Relief fragment

Medium:Limestone, 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
16.5 x 46.9 cm
Object number: 910.34.53
Credit Line: No credit line
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This fragment from the 11th dynasty temple of Nebhepetre Montuhotep at Deir el Bahari shows an Egyptian soldier, armed with a shield and battle-ax advancing to the left.  He may originally have been part of a company of soldiers.  The image is from the battle reliefs that formed part of the decoration of the temple. 

In the division of finds of the temple in 1906, the various remaining fragments of these scenes were divided among several museums, including the ROM, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the British Museum.

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