Relief fragment with birds

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

Findspot: Egypt, Lisht, Mortuary temple of Senwosret I


Height x width x depth: 33 x 25.8 x 7.5 cm (13 x 10 3/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Limestone fragments (one large, two small; joined) of fowling scene showing netting (indicated by reddish-brown painted cross-hatching) with fluttering plover (with remnants of dark blue to black painted design for feathers) and part of a man’s leg (painted reddish-brown). Additional traces of light blue-gray paint at bottom. Brown painted line across top portion likely a spear or other implement held by the male figure.


From el- Lisht, pyramid temple of Senwosret I, sanctuary. 1908-1909: excavated by the Metropolitan Museumof Art; assigned to the MMA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; 1952: lent to the MFA by y the MMA: 1954 received by the MFA by exchange with the MMA.
(Accession date: May 13, 1954)

Credit Line

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Exchange