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This lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and will take place in Room 108 in Emerson Hall at Harvard University.

Ancient Egyptian Stacking Blocks:

Relief Fragments from the
Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep II
in Brussels and Boston

A lecture by

Maarten Praet, M.A., KU Leuven

After the excavation of the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II by Édouard Naville (1903-1907), several relief blocks belonging to this temple were distributed among various museums around the world. The Art and History Museum in Brussels and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston rank among them. A reconstruction of these reliefs within the broader decorational scheme of the temple has yet to be established. In this lecture, some of the relief fragments preserved in Brussels and Boston are analyzed and hypothetical reconstructions are put forward, in an attempt to improve our understanding of the original decoration of this temple.