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Relief from the Tomb of Metetu

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Relief from the Tomb of Metetu

ca. 2400 BCE-2250 BCE
Old Kingdom (2686-2125 BCE)
10 5/8 x 25 13/16 x 1 3/4 in. (27 x 65.5 x 4.5 cm)

Egyptian artist

Egyptian; made in Saqqara

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Limestone
Credit Line: Gift of a Friend of the Gallery
Accession Number: 1973.64
Location: Currently on view
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This fragment of carved stone was once part of the decorative walls of a tomb for an Egyptian man called Metetu, who is pictured seated at the top left corner of the block. The hieroglyph signs in the top row of the fragment spell out his name and his position. They tell us that Metetu worked in the “great house,” or the king’s court, as a metalworker.

Tomb carvings from Metetu’s time used colorful scenes from daily life to illustrate the sources of the food offerings required by the dead. The bottom row of this fragment shows two men, identified as “guardians of the flock.” The man on the right holds the horn of a valuable long-horned cow, while the hieroglyphs around his head tell of “bringing the fattened calf” from the farm known as “Keth.”

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Family of Charles D. Kelekian since before 1913; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1973

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