Relief of a Granary

Date: Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, ca., 2055-1985 BC
Maker: Egyptian
Materials: Limestone
Credit: Gift of Heinrich Medicus
Accession Number: 2013.1.22
The ancient Egyptians measured their wealth in grain. The estates of royalty and high officials had large granaries, which were filled with wheat and barley that the Egyptians used as currency as well as food. This relief carving probably comes from the temple of Mentuhotep II at Deir el Bahri. It depicts a man carrying a sack of grain up steps to the open top of a grain silo.