Granodiorite statue in the form of Mutemwia, wife of Thutmose IV and mother of Amenhotep III, in the guise of the goddess Mut, protected by the wings of a vulture and enthroned upon a sacred boat, the upper-body is broken away, the hands were placed on the thighs and the right holds an ankh, part of the head of the figure is also preserved (see EA 43A), the prow is elaborated with Hathor-heads and the base of a sistrum, the stern is wanting; hieroglyphs, at the feet of the figure, give the name and titles of the queen and each side of the boat is incised with a wedjat-eye and an elongated-cartouche also giving the name and titles of the queen, the prow is inscribed with cartouches containing the prenomen and nomen of Amenhotep III.
- 1400BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Karnak, In the sanctuary of the main temple, according to Richardson, Travels along the Mediterranean II, 91: "The Earl of Belmore caused excavations to tbe made in it, and the discovery of a granite boat, with an image on board, a number of small statues, and other remains of antiquity were the result;..." According to Rifaud, the excavation was conducted by Lady Belmore. It is claimed she used her charms to persuade him to let her dig in his area: "Elle trouva une belle barque en granit noir [...] de cinq pieds de longeur, avec deux extrémités une tête d'une déesse surmontée d'un petit sanctuaire. [...] Sur le milieu du pont était une divinité: le corps d'un épervier, les pieds humains ainsi que les jambes nues, mais la tête manquait. Sur les flancs et autour du bordage de la barque, était une bande ornée d'hiéroglyphes, d'un pouce de largeur, d'un travail exquis." As quoted in Fiechter, La moisson des dieux, 114. Summarised in Manley and Ree, Henry Salt, 140.
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Karnak (Thebes))
- Length: 216 centimetres (max)
- Width: 40 centimetres (max)
- Height: 82 centimetres (max)
Inscription CommentIncised cartouches and hieroglyphs.
PM II (2): p.102
Kozloff et al, Egypt’s Dazzling Sun, 126 HTBM Part 7: Plate VI
Le Pharaon-Soleil, Paris 1993, p. 99 [Fig.V.2];
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 144-5.See notes: Mueller, in Hofmann & Sturm (eds), Menschenbilder-Bildermenschen, 87.
On display: G4/CSW
1998/9 Oct-Jun, South Carolina, The Charleston Museum, Queens Commoners of the New Kingdom
1834 (at the latest (see notes))
This object was previously recorded in Merlin as being part of the 1843 acquisition of the Belmore collection (1843,0507 registration number series). However, the object does not appear in the manuscript list of the collection dating to 1842, nor in the list of objects registered, and indeed not in the publication of the Belmore collection in the AES library. However, it appears as no. 17 in the Synopsis of 1835 in the Egyptian Salon; hence it arrived in the museum before 1843. As yet, no details of when have surfaced. Although found when Salt was active in Thebes, there is no trace of it in the records of the first Salt Collection. The Birch Slips give no provenance information. [NCS Feb 2005] I note [NCS 28/10/05] that a drawing of the boat appears in Yorke and Leake, Remarks on some Egyptian monuments in England, (1826), pl V, fig 14. According to the text p. 8 'From the collection of Lord Belmore'. Does this mean the boat was in Belmore's house collection at that time?
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