Relief of Montuhotep III
Originally this massive limestone slab belonged to the wall of a chapel built for Montuhotep III at Armant. On the far left the king is depicted wearing a ceremonial beard and the Red Crown of Lower Egypt; on the far right he is seen in the royal head cloth known as the nemes. Between these two images we see the goddess Iunyt.
The shrine's decoration probably showed the sed-festival, an ancient ritual of royal renewal traditionally held in the king's thirtieth regnal year. Montuhotep III ruled for only twelve years, so the images probably indicate the king's wish for a reign lasting at least three decades.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Found: Armant, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1957-1945 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XI Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 23 11/16 x 51 9/16 x 4 1/2 in. (60.1 x 131 x 11.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.16E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief of Montuhotep III, ca. 1957-1945 B.C.E. Limestone, 23 11/16 x 51 9/16 x 4 1/2 in. (60.1 x 131 x 11.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.16E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)