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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.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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  • Metropolitan Museum excavators at the pyramid of Senwosret I in the early twentieth century.
  • The pyramid of Senwosret I.
  • Digital reconstruction of the pyramid temple of Senwosret I. Computer rendering by Dave Johnson.
  • Funerary Guardian Figure

    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat II–Senwosret II, ca. 1919–1885 B.C. or 1887–1878 B.C.

    Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, Mastaba of Imhotep, MMA 1914

    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1914 (14.3.17)

Pyramid Complex of Senwosret I, Lisht

Egypt

1907–1934, 1984–1989

Senwosret I's pyramid complex was first excavated by French Egyptologists in 1894–95 led by J.-E. Gautier. The Metropolitan Museum worked at the site for nine seasons between 1907 and 1934; the excavations were led by Museum curator Albert Lythgoe, Ambrose Lansing, and Arthur Mace. Metropolitan Museum excavations resumed between 1984 and 1989, in an effort to enhance understanding of the previously excavated material and investigate other parts of the site. Objects in the Museum that originate from the Senwosret I complex are found in galleries 109, 110, and 113. They include relief blocks from Senwosret I's pyramid temple, north chapel, and causeway, portions of the complex's enclosure wall, a drainspout in the form of a lion's head, and statues of the king and high officials.

Senwosret I (ca. 1961–1917 B.C.), the son and successor of Amenemhat I, built his pyramid complex about one mile to the south of his father's monument at Lisht. Access to Senwosret I's burial chambers was through a sloping passage on the north side of the pyramid; the chambers have been filled with groundwater since at least the nineteenth century and are therefore unexplored. On the east side of the pyramid was a large limestone temple with a complex series of rooms decorated with reliefs. Surrounding the king's pyramid were nine smaller pyramids built for queens and princesses; the largest belonged to a woman named Neferu, who was likely Senwosret I's mother. A long, decorated causeway connected the desert pyramid complex to the cultivated land.

Beyond the enclosure walls of the pyramid complex were numerous tombs built by the high officials and other residents of Itj-tawy, Egypt's capital in the Middle Kingdom. Among the most important tombs was that of a man named Senwosretankh, who had a long series of religious texts carved into the walls of his burial chamber. The mastaba of Imhotep included two beautiful wood figures dressed in royal garments. The tomb of the vizier Mentuhotep, discovered in 1988, contained one of the most stunning painted sarcophagi of the Middle Kingdom.

Senwosret I's complex shows clearly that architects had closely examined pyramid complexes dating to the end of the Old Kingdom. In particular, architectural features and elements of wall decoration were directly inspired by these earlier prototypes. The Senwosret I complex marks a moment of archaism and retrospection before the changes that occur later in the Middle Kingdom. These transformations are particularly apparent in the pyramid complex of Senwosret III at Dahshur, site of an ongoing Metropolitan Museum excavation.

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