Relief fragment

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, Nebhepetre Mentuhote
2061–2010 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Abydos, Temple


Overall: 37 x 10 x 120 cm (14 9/16 x 3 15/16 x 47 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This large rectangular fragment executed in sunk relief depicts a winged falcon facing right with wings outstretched at a right angle. Beneath it is the cartouche of Mentuhotep III. On the right side are fragmentary vertical lists of offerings. Across the top of the block is a band of large-scale hieroglyphs reading from right to left with a fragmentary offering formula to Osiris. Petrie says it is part of a shrine containg lists of offerings and statue o the king. This soft brown sandstone fragment is very friable, cracked and unstable. Parts of it have a modern plaster backing.


From Abydos, Temple. 1903: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund.

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription