Relief from the pyramid temple of Sesostris I

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Senwosret I
1971–1926 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Lisht, Pyramid Temple of Senwosret I, debris


Height x width x thickness: 33.2 x 53.2 x 7.8 cm (13 1/16 x 20 15/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragmentary limestone slab comes from the upper portion of a wall in the mortuarly temple of Senwosret I at Lisht. It is decorated in raised relief with the serpent goddess Wadjet bearing a was-scepter scepter and shen ring (the hieroglyphic symbol for “eternity”) before the falcon god Horus. To the right is a spread wing, probably part of the vultuer goddess Nekhbet. There is a block border at the top. Light traces of red and yellow color remain.


From el-Lisht, pyramid temple of Senwosret I, debris. 1912-1913, excavated by Metropolitan Museum of Art, assigned to the MMA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; 1950: given to the MFA by the MMA.

(Accession date: September 11, 1950)

Credit Line

Gift of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York