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Granodiorite statue of Mentuhotep  "Chief of Police" from the early 12th Dynasty (reigns of Amenemhat I and Senusret I). Excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition to Lisht North, pit 898. The statue was one of a pair found, the other was badly fragmented and its not known who it represented - its thought that the pit was where remains of plundered tombs were preserved in antiquity.


His title "Chief of Police" is carved on both sides of the statue's base as are dedications. The work is a little 'flat' as was common with the period. It isn't known if the statue was intended to be placed in the offering chapel within the superstructure of a mastaba or in the substructure.

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