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Relief block depicting plucking and roasting fowl and herds crossing water

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat I, late
Date:
ca. 1962–1952 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Tomb of Nakht (493) possibly, re-used as sill in a house, MMA excavations, 1913–14
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 95.2 cm (37 1/2 in.); W. 71.7 cm (28 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.3.1164
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 108
The upper register of the block depicts the plucking and cooking of geese, while the lower scene shows cattle being led through the marshes. The block was found reused as the threshold of a house at the site of Lisht North; the rectangular hole in the upper left corner was cut to receive one of the doorposts. Stylistic and iconographic features indicate that the relief comes from one of the Dynasty 12 mastabas at the site.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pl. 4.

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