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Memphis in the Late Period: Late Dynastic Period relief fragments

These two fragments belong to a group of reliefs from Memphis and most likely also from Heliopolis (sometimes labelled as in 'Neo-Memphite' style). They date most likely to the Late Dynastic Period. They are all very finely carved, showing relatively naturalistic scenes. Some of them seem to be inspired by New Kingdom tomb paintings. It has been proposed that these blocks were architectural elements such as lintels and door jambs of small funerary chapels. Complete examples depict a person of status sitting on a chair, with an inscription giving the name and titles, recalling scenes of the dead sitting in front of an offering table.

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UC 14588 UC 16153

Further reading on this relief style:

a further, but unprovenanced example


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