Raised relief fragment - 910.34.21_1


Raised relief fragment

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
17.75 x 19 x 16 x 4 cm
Object number: 910.34.21
Not on view
DescriptionThe Great Temple of Nebhepetre Montuhotep at Deir el Bahari was constructed in several phases. Its first incarnation appears to have been centered on Hathor, goddess of love and beauty, sexuality, joy and music.  As the temple, Akh-Isut, was expanded and renovated, the main focus of the cult became Montu-Re, and then, finally, the Theban god, Amun.  The temple was decorated with scenes from the standard Old Kingdom repertoire of hunting and warfare, but also from more local traditions showing processions of royal ladies, boat rituals, and possibly a sea battle.
This fragments shows the faceandn shoulder of a commoner.  It may be from a war relief or from a procession.
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