Relief from the funerary temple of Mentuhotep II

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, reign of Mentuhotep II
2061–2010 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Mortuary temple of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II


Overall: 42 x 48 x 14.6 cm (16 9/16 x 18 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.) Weight: 44.91 kg (99 lb.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



Only the feet and legs remain of the human figures in the upper register of this fragment survive. Below, the heiroglyphic symbol for the sky, decorated with stars, and a winged sun disc for the upper part of the next register. Red, green, blue and black paint remain.


From Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, temple of Mentuhotep II. 1907: excavated by by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the EEF in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting.

(Accession date: Occtober 10, 1907)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription