Relief fragment with two courtiers of Senwosret I - ROM2018_16243_3


Relief fragment with two courtiers of Senwosret I

Geography: Excavated at Lisht, Egypt
Date: c. 1985-1795 BC
Period: 12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
Max height and width in articulated stance: 22.9 × 42.7 × 7 cm
Object number: 958.49.4
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis relief fragment was found by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Expedition to Lisht in the area of a private tomb north of the Pyramid of Senwosret I. It depicts two male figures facing right, cut in finely carved low relief.  Most likely they are courtiers that follow the depiction of the tomb owner, traces of whose name remain in the upper right corner of the relief. Reading from left to right, the traces are consistent with the name Senwosret. The first courtier has a shoulder-length wig decorated with rows of small curls falling  over his right shoulder. The facial features, eye, nose and mouth, are finely carved and there is a short square-cut beard below the chin. He wears a broad collar, whose details may originally have been indicated in paint.  Behind him is a second figure of which the top of the left arm and chest are preserved.  He wears a necklace of longitudinally strung drop-shaped beads.
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