Relief of Mentuemhet

Egyptian, Dynasty 25, ca. 760-656 B.C.
Carlos Collection of Ancient Art. Gift in honor of Peter Lacovara.

Mentuemhet was the mayor of Thebes under the Nubian kings of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty. As the chief official of the most important city in Egypt at the height of the "Nubian Renaissance," he was able to create one of the largest private tombs ever built along the Nile. It is famed for its relief decorations, which exemplifies the revival of arts under the revitalized empire.