Egyptian / Relief of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep / ca. 2040-2010 B.C.E.Egyptian
Relief of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep
ca. 2040-2010 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Relief of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -204
Creation End Date: -201
Creation Date: ca. 2040-2010 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Painted limestone
Dimensions: H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 07.230.2
Credit Line: Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1907

King Nebhepetra Mentuhotep, often referred to as Mentuhotep II, was revered by the Egyptians as the ruler who reunited Egypt after an era of disunity known as the First Intermediate Period. Mentuhotep II was the founder of the Middle Kingdom. He built his mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri in western Thebes, where this relief was uncovered. The delicately modeled low relief and the finely painted details demonstrate the high artistic standards that prevailed in the royal Theban workshops during this dynamic period in Egyptian history. Especially fine is the goddess at the right of the block, destroyed at the end of Dynasty 18 during the Amarna Period. She was repaired in plaster in early Dynasty 19, indicating that the temple was still in use seven centuries after it was built.

AMICA ID: MMA_.07.230.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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