Stela of the Gatekeeper Maati, c. 2051–2030 BC, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; probably from Tarif; limestone. 23 1/4 x 14 5/16 x 3 1/8 inches (59 x 36.3 x 8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Stela of the Overseer of the Troops Intef, c. 2124-1981 BC, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; probably from Tarif; limestone. 66 15/16 x 45 11/16 x 8 1/4 inches (170 x 116 x 21 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Relief of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II and the Goddess Hathor, c. 2010–2000 BC, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II; limestone, paint. 14 3/16 x 38 9/16 inches (36 x 98 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Head of a Statue of an Early Middle Kingdom King, c. 2000-1952 BC; Greywacke. 5 7/8 x 5 11/16 x 5 7/8 inches (15 x 14.5 x 15 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Senwosret III as a Sphinx, c. 1878–1840 BC, f rom Egypt; Possibly from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak, gneiss. 28 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 16 3/4 inches (73 x 29.5 x 42.5 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
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Stela of the Gatekeeper Maati, c. 2051–2030 BC, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; probably from Tarif; limestone. 23 1/4 x 14 5/16 x 3 1/8 inches (59 x 36.3 x 8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Stela of the Overseer of the Troops Intef, c. 2124-1981 BC, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; probably from Tarif; limestone. 66 15/16 x 45 11/16 x 8 1/4 inches (170 x 116 x 21 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Relief of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II and the Goddess Hathor, c. 2010–2000 BC, from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II; limestone, paint. 14 3/16 x 38 9/16 inches (36 x 98 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Head of a Statue of an Early Middle Kingdom King, c. 2000-1952 BC; Greywacke. 5 7/8 x 5 11/16 x 5 7/8 inches (15 x 14.5 x 15 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.
Senwosret III as a Sphinx, c. 1878–1840 BC, f rom Egypt; Possibly from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak, gneiss. 28 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 16 3/4 inches (73 x 29.5 x 42.5 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.

Ancient Egypt Transformed

The middle kingdom

 

The reunification of ancient Egypt achieved by Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II—the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom—was followed by a great cultural flowering that lasted nearly four hundred years. During the Middle Kingdom (mid-Dynasty 11–Dynasty 13, around 2030–1650 B.C.), artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom were revived and reimagined.

This transformational era is represented through 230 objects and groups in this major international exhibition. Fashioned with great subtlety and sensitivity, and ranging in size from monumental stone sculptures to delicate examples of jewelry, the works of art are drawn from the preeminent collection of the Metropolitan—which is particularly rich in Middle Kingdom material—and thirty-seven lenders in North America and Europe. This is the first comprehensive presentation of Middle Kingdom art and culture, featuring many objects that have never before been shown in the United States.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York, USA
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The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

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