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Relief from a Tomb

Date: 25th–22th century B.C.
Medium: limestone, painted
Dimensions: 15.2 x 9.7 cm
Classification: architecture
Inventory Number: 51.265
Department: Egyptian Art

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Relief from a Tomb

The provenance of this painted relief fragment with the portrait of a man is unknown, but it might have decorated one of the interior walls of an Old Kingdom tomb probably in the Memphite necropolis. The figure rising only a few millimetres from the wall-face was made with the bas relief technique, which was commonly used in the Old Kingdom. The relief was elaborately carved, fashioned like a sculpture and painted with strong colours.