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Relief fragment with falcon

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This fragment of relief once portrayed a goddess in the form of a falcon, probably flying above and prtoecting the king. Only the body of the falcon remains, with an outstretched wing and a claw holding the hieroglyphic sign for eternity. TRaces of yellow paint remain on the falcon.

Provenance

From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, 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, 2061–2010 B.C.

Findspot

Thebes, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 30 x 29 cm (11 13/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

07.533

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief