Relief of a boating scene in the marshes

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I
1991–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, el-Lisht


Overall: 80 x 98 x 13.8cm (31 1/2 x 38 9/16 x 5 7/16in.) Weight: 203.21 kg (448 lb.)

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On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World



Limestone block from a mastaba near the king’s pyramid, carved in low raised relief showing part of a boating scene in the swamps. On the right, boat with the foot of the owner and lower portion of the figure of his son Nefery. Bedded in, and backed with, plaster.


From el-Lisht; 1920-1922: excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; assigned to the MMA in the division of finds with the government of Egypt; 1952: lent to the MFA by the MMA; 1954: received by the MFA by exchange with the MMA, May 13, 1954.
(Accession Date: May 13, 1954)

Credit Line

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