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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA21

  • Description

    Grandiorite statue of Horemheb with Amun-Ra: the figures are carved, almost in the round, in one piece with a back support and low pedestal. The god is represented shrouded and bears the attributes of the ithyphallic god Min. When complete he wore the plumed head-dress, a beard and a bead collar, and held in the right hand a flail. The left arm is placed under the shrouds and grasps the base of the phallus (missing). Beneath the right arm stands the king, wearing a beard, bead collar and short skirt with a girdle on which his prenomen is incised. In the right hand he carries a roll; the left hand rests against the right side of the god. An inscription is incised on the front of the back support between the two figures, and another on the upper surface of the pedestal. Between the two figures, is one vertical column of text. On the pedestal are two vertical columns of text. The monument has been reassembled from the four fragments into which it was broken. The following portions are missing: the plumes which were morticed on to the god's head-dress, part of the beard, nearly the whole of the right arm, and the phallus; the king's head, right arm as far as the wrist, and left foot; the upper portion of the back support behind the figure of the king and a large piece from the left-hand side of the pedestal.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1350BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 148 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 70 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        girdle
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised cartouche.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        back support and base
      • Inscription Comment

        One and two columns of incised hieroglyphs.
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography: B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' II (2) (Oxford, 1974), p.533;
    E. Arundale & J. Bonomi, 'Gallery of antiquities, selected from the British Museum' (London, 1842), pp. 86-87 (fig, 152);
    H. Gauthier, 'Le Livre des Rois d'Égypte' II, p. 491.

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  • Bibliography

    • Edwards 1939 pl.26 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G4/B13

  • Condition

    fair (incomplete and reconstructed from fragments)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1823

  • Acquisition notes

    These details need checking. Certainly in the Synopsis of 1835 [NCS]

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA21

  • Registration number

    .21

  • Additional IDs

    • ES.5
Granodiorite dyad (reconstructed from four fragments) of Horemheb with Amun-Ra, with ithyphallic attributes of Min: the god is shrouded and, when complete, would have worn the plumed head-dress, beard, bead-collar, and held a flail, the left hand grasps the base of the phallus (now missing); the king wears a beard, bead-collar and short kilt, the waistband of which is inscribed with a cartouche containing his prenomen; he carries a roll in his right hand; the back-support is inscribed with one column of hieroglyphs - giving king's prenomen and nomen - and the plinth with two further columns of text.

Granodiorite dyad (reconstructed from four fragments) of Horemheb with Amun-Ra, with ithyphallic attributes of Min: the god is shrouded and, when complete, would have worn the plumed head-dress, beard, bead-collar, and held a flail, the left hand grasps the base of the phallus (now missing); the king wears a beard, bead-collar and short kilt, the waistband of which is inscribed with a cartouche containing his prenomen; he carries a roll in his right hand; the back-support is inscribed with one column of hieroglyphs - giving king's prenomen and nomen - and the plinth with two further columns of text.

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