Height: 24.300 cm
Width: 39.500 cm
Thickness: 4.100 cm
Gift of the
Room 64: Early Egypt
Relief showing two royal figures
From Saqqara, Egypt
1st or 2nd Dynasty, 3000–2800 BC
A sculptor's trial piece?
In addition to the human figures at the right
of this object, the other carvings show birds (for example, an owl)
and animals (a baboon). The significance of these carvings, which
On the back of the object is a grid of 1.6 cm squares incised into the stone; which might support the theory of this being a slab for artist's practice. If this is a grid for laying out a scene, it would be among the earliest known.
W.B. Emery, Great tombs of the First Dynas (London, 1958)
A.J. Spencer, Catalogue of Egyptian antiqu-4 (London, The British Museum Press, 1980)