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Fragment of a column with inscription of King Mentuhotep II

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Once part of a hexagonal column, this fragment is inscribed with the cartouche of Mentuhotep II, who is called "the son of Ra", one of the king's official titles. Blue paint remains in the hieroglyphs.


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)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

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


Thebes, Egypt


Height x width: 47.5 x 23.5 cm (18 11/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief