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Relief of the goddess Nekhbet

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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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

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

Findspot

Thebes (Luxor), Egypt

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

06.2471

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief