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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collections and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

Traveling
Exhibitions

The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our international exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Traveling
Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current international loans program.

Conservation
Projects

The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other international collections, and advising on conservation projects and practices globally. See our international conservation program from 2009 to the present.

Excavations

The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.

Fellows

The Met hosts international students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's international work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

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Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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  • The pyramid of Amenemhat I.
  • Relief of King Amenemhat I

    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I–Senwosret I, ca. 1991–1952 B.C.

    Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, MMA 1907

    Rogers Fund, 1908 (08.200.5)

  • Group of Archers

    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu or Khafre, ca. 2551–2494 B.C.

    Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, Core of pyramid, west side, MMA 1920-1922

    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922 (22.1.23)

  • East side of the pyramid of Amenemhat I, with offering table now in the Metropolitan Museum.
  • North side of the pyramid of Amenemhat I, with false door now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Pyramid Complex of Amenemhat I, Lisht

Egypt

1906–1922, 1991

The pyramid complex of Amenemhat I was initially explored in 1894–95 by a French team led by J.-E. Gautier. The Metropolitan Museum team, under the direction of Museum curator Albert Lythgoe and Arthur Mace, worked at the site between 1906 and 1922. In 1991, unexcavated portions of the site were opened and some previously explored areas were reexamined. Objects in the Metropolitan Museum that originate from the Amenemhat I complex are found in galleries 103, 108, 109, and 113. They include some reused Old Kingdom blocks (see below), relief blocks from the temple of Amenemhat I, and the funerary outfit of the lady Senebtisi.

Two settlements arose in the area: an earlier one around the pyramid built during the Middle Kingdom and a Ramesside town built on the ruins of the pyramid itself. The area seems to have been inhabited well into the New Kingdom. Study of the area has yielded valuable information about houses and workshops during these periods.

Background

The pharaoh Amenemhat I (ca. 1981–1952 B.C.) was the first ruler of Dynasty 12, a key era of ancient Egypt's Middle Kingdom. One of Amenemhat I's achievements was the establishment of a new capital city at Itj-tawy ("Seizer of the Two Lands"), which was located in the vicinity of the modern village of Lisht, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Amenemhat I constructed his pyramid in the area of his capital city. During the preceding Dynasty 11, political power was centered far to the south in the area of Thebes (modern Luxor).

The centerpiece of the complex was the king's limestone pyramid. A sloping passage and shaft on its north side led to the burial chamber; a shaft in the floor of the chamber ends in groundwater. A small chapel was built against the entrance to the burial chambers on the north side of the pyramid. A temple was constructed on the east side of the pyramid. On the west side were ten shafts believed to have been used to inter women of the royal family; all were robbed in ancient times. High-ranking individuals of Amenemhat I's court were also buried around the pyramid complex. These tombs are an important source for understanding the development of Middle Kingdom burial practices. Of particular interest are the objects and jewelry found in the intact burial of the lady Senebtisi.

During Amenemhat I's reign, pyramid building was revived after an approximately 150-year hiatus. At least part of the complex was constructed with the blocks from disassembled Old Kingdom royal monuments, including structures built by the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, Userkaf, Unis, and one of the kings named Pepi. The builders probably used this material in order to speed construction of the complex. Amenemhat I's builders also appear to have reused blocks from an earlier structure built by Amenemhat I himself.

Made possible by The Adelaide and Milton de Groot Fund, in memory of the de Groot and Hawley Families.
 
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