Length: 274.500 cm
Width: 83.000 cm
Room 4: Egyptian sculpture
Granite lid of the sarcophagus of Setjau
From Thebes, Egypt
19th Dynasty, around 1230 BC
Viceroy of Nubia in the reign of Ramesses II
Setjau was the viceroy of Nubia in the reign of Ramesses II (1279-1213 BC). The Ramesside period saw Egypt expanding once again into the lands to the south (Nubia or Kush). Several large settlements (such as the towns of Amada and Dabenarti) first emerged in this period. It is clear that the office of the viceroy of Nubia was a very important position at this time, overseeing Egypt's access to the wealth of these lands. At the end of the Twentieth Dynasty (about 1186-1069 BC), another viceroy, Panehsy, actually used his position to challenge for complete control of Upper Egypt.
Setjau left his name
on a considerable number of monuments. This
The front and
sides are inscribed with
The British Museum has a sarcophagus of Merymose, another viceroy, in the reign of Amenhotep III.
M.L. Bierbrier (ed.), Hieroglyphic texts from Egyp-6, Part 10 (London, The British Museum Press, 1982)