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Relief from the pyramid temple of Sesostris I

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This fragmentary limestone slab comes from the upper portion of a wall in the mortuarly temple of Senwosret I at Lisht. It is decorated in raised relief with the serpent goddess Wadjet bearing a was-scepter scepter and shen ring (the hieroglyphic symbol for "eternity") before the falcon god...

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From el-Lisht, pyramid temple of Senwosret I, debris. 1912-1913, excavated by Metropolitan Museum of Art, assigned to the MMA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; 1950: given to the MFA by the MMA. (Accession date: September 11, 1950)

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Gift of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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




Height x width x thickness: 33.2 x 53.2 x 7.8 cm (13 1/16 x 20 15/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief