Relief of the goddess Nekhbet

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, reign of Mentuhotep II
2140–1991 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes (Luxor), Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II


Height x width x depth: 77 x 32 x 41 cm (30 5/16 x 12 5/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

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Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



Once part of a temple wall, the finely executed low relief on this block portrays the protective vulture goddess Nekhbet. Traces of blue and red paint survive. The low relief is characteristic of the later part of the king’s reign.


From Deir el-Bahri, temple of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep II. 1906: excavated by 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; received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund.

(Accession date October 11, 1906)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription