AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF
OLD KINGDOM, DYNASTY VI, 2323-2150 B.C.
Carved in sunk relief, preserving six columns of hieroglyphs with an official's autobiography, reading, "(I) brought Byblos-ships, acquiring ships and [scouts/interpreters?]...gold, sacred oil and every good product desired/beloved of His Ka...One gave me gold necklaces. I went down to Byblos in...there in peace/safely. Never had the like been done by any expedition-leader [whom His Majesty had sent]...Venerated One with the Great God, Lord of the West, the Sole Companion, Rudj...myriads/100,000 of products of the foreign lands for his god...," the left and right columns not preserved to their entire widths
19¾ in. (50.2 cm.) high