Artist's Sketch of Pharaoh Spearing a Lion
|Artist's Sketch of Pharaoh Spearing a Lion|
|Year||Twentieth Dynasty of Egypt|
|Location||Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Identifiers||The Met object ID: 544076|
Early history and creationEdit
This is a piece of limestone sketched with ink. It was a sketch that was discarded in the Valley of the Kings, and discovered at the Tomb of Tutankhamun, near the entrance, during excavations in 1920.
Description and interpretationEdit
The work depicts a pharaoh spearing a lion. The lion symbolizes the enemies of Egypt. The hieratic text reads: "The slaughter of every foreign land, the Pharaoh—may he live, prosper, and be healthy."