Saite lintel fragment from Isis temple

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street G 7000, debris Pyramid GI-c


Overall: 40 x 21.3 x 107 cm (15 3/4 x 8 3/8 x 42 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This rectangular block, executed in fine, high raised relief, is a corner block with inscriptions on two adjacent surfaces. The smaller face depicts the tomb owner, facing left and hieroglyphs to the right of his left shoulder give his name. There is a wide, vertical border along the right edge. The wider face of the block contains six vertical registers, separated by raised double border lines and with a wide border along the left edge which forms the corner. Five registers of hieroglyphs begin on the right with: “Looking at…” and give a series of titles including ‘hereditary prince, and sole companion, etc.’ The sixth column depicts the tomb owner facing right. This face is badly worn and many of the details are now missing. There are traces of reddish-brown paint.


From Giza, Street G 7000, yellow debris above 2nd course of casing of Pyramid GI-c. 1925: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition