Relief with leg of running figure and head of a giraffe

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

Findspot: Egypt, Lisht, Causeway of the moruary temple of Sesostris I


Height x width x thickness: 60 x 61.6 x 7.6 cm (23 5/8 x 24 1/4 x 3 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment with part of a scene commemorating the king’s conquests. At the upper right is the leg of a running figure. Below that is a giraffe nibbling the topknot of the Nubian who leads it. At the left is a portion of two columns of inscription. Few traces of color remain. It is done in raised relief.


From the causeway of the pyramid temple of Senwosret I at el-Lisht; 1912-1913
Lent by Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1952. Museum of Fine Arts Expedition - May 13, 1954 - by exchange

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