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The offering bearer was discovered in a hidden chamber connected to the tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who began his career under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11 and continued to serve successive kings into the early years of Dynasty 12. View a series of images from its discovery.

The offering bearer was discovered in a hidden chamber connected to the tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who began his career under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11 and continued to serve successive kings into the early years of Dynasty 12. View a series of images from its discovery.

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Statue of an Offering Bearer, ca. 1981–1975 B.C., early reign of Amenemhat I, Dynasty 12, Middle Kingdom Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), serdab, MMA 1920
Wood, gesso, paint
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.7)

Mudbrick blocking of the hidden chamber, March 18, 1920
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print
(MC 24)

Looking into the chamber over the mudbrick blocking, March 18, 1920
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print
(MC 25)

Hidden chamber before clearance, March 18, 1920
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print
(MC 35)

Chamber after partial clearance, March 19, 1920
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print
(MC 28)

Pair of offering bearers from the tomb, side view, 1920
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print
(MC 87)

Pair of offering bearers from the tomb, front view, 1920
Harry Burton (English, 1879–1940)
The Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gelatin silver print
(MC 86)

Photographs by Harry Burton, Egyptian Expedition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art