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Egyptian, ancient
Limestone relief of crocodile eating fish.
ca. 2055-1985 BCE
Findspot: Temple of Mentuhotep, Deir el-Bahari, Thebes, Egypt
Associated Location: Africa, Egypt, Sūhāj, Dayr al Baḩrī
Stone, limestone
Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty
76 x 30.5 x 10 cm
Researcher's Comments:This relief fragment from the mortuary temple of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II at Deir el-Bahari depicts a crocodile resting at the bottom of the Nile. The crocodile is shown in raised relief, clenching a fish in its jaws. In front of the crocodile, the tail of a large swimming fish can be seen. In the background, the water is indicated by vertical zigzag lines. Traces of blue pigment remain on some of the water lines. There are also traces of red pigment along the bottom edge of the fragment.
(Ashley Fiutko Arico, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2016)
Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD;
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Former Owner
Egypt Exploration Fund
Selected Bibliography
Naville, Edouard. The XIth Dynasty Temple at Deir el-Bahari. Part I, London: The Egypt Exploration Fund, 1907 , p. 69, pl. XVI.
1995. The American Discovery of Ancient Egypt, edited by Thomas, Nancy, Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, no. 52.
Williams, Ellen Reeder. The Archaeological Collection of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984, pp. 6, 14-15.
October 16, 1906. From Thebes' Ancient Graves: Valuable Antiquities Presented to Hopkins University. The Sun, Baltimore: 14.
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On view at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
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