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Relief from a Tomb

Date 25th–22th century B.C.
Object type architecture
Medium, technique limestone, painted

15.2 x 9.7 cm

Inventory number 51.265
Collection Egyptian Art
On view This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition

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.

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