Relief fragment with palace facade decoration

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: 19.8 x 33.7 x 7 cm (7 13/16 x 13 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment comes from the a section of wall in the royal mortuary temple of Senwosret I that included the king’s five-part official titualry. Part of the panel below the Horus name of the king, it is a conventionalized representation of the facade of the royal palace. It is painted, and much of the color is preserved.


From el-Lisht, pyramid temple of Senwosret I. 1908-1909: excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition; assigned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; 1909-1952: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; 1952: lent to the MFA by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 1954: given to the MFA by the MMA by exchange.

(Accession date: May 13, 1954)

Credit Line

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