Red quartzite stelophorous statue of Amenwahsu: Amenwahsu kneels with hands raised, palms up, in the attitude of worship. His hands are supported by a stela bearing a prayer to the sun-god Ra-Horakhty. The same deity, now combined with the great state god Amun, is depicted in the lunette at the top as a man with a ram's head, crossing heaven in a barque.
The stela-shaped back pillar of the statue is inscribed in mirror image with two offering formulae, one addressed to the composite sun-god Ra-Horakhty-Atum, and the other to Osiris, god of the dead. Considering the hardness of the stone, the carving is particularly fine.
- Found/Acquired: Thebes (?)
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Thebes (Upper Egypt - archaic))
- Height: 56 centimetres
- Width: 19 centimetres
- Depth: 34 centimetres
Inscription CommentIncised prayer to Ra-Horakhty.
Inscription CommentIncised. The text asks the deities are asked to grant the deceased free movement in the necropolis and through the portals of the underworld and to ensure the provision of bread, air, water, wine, and milk, the requisites for the afterlife.
R. E Freed, Y. J. Markowitz and S. H. D'Auria (eds.), 'Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun' [exhibition catalogue] (Boston/New York/London, 1999), no. 2 = R. Freed, 'Farao's van de Zon' (Leiden, 2000), p. 200 ;
K. A. Kitchen, 'Ramesside inscriptions : translated & annotated. Translations. Vol.4, Merenptah and the Late Nineteenth Dynasty' (Oxford, 2003), p149 The British Museum, 'Hieroglyphic texts from Egyptian stelae, etc., in the British Museum ' Part 5 (London, 1914), Plate 39 'Agyptische und Moderne Skulptur' (Munich, 1986), pp. 95-96 ;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' II (2) (Oxford, 1972), p.279;
P. Nicholson and I. Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge 2000), p. 54;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 166-7.
Ali Radwan 'anx-n-nAat (British Museum Statue EA 480 - Bankes stela 15)', in Z. Hawass et al. (ed.), Perspectives on Ancieny Egypt: Studies in Honor of Edward Brovarski (SASAE 40; Cairo 2010), 395-404.
1999-2001, 'Pharoahs of the Sun'
2003 May-Jun, Norwich, UEA, Weather'
19th Nov 2011- 11 Mar 2012. Richmond , VA, Virginia museum of Fine Art. Mummy. The inside story.
Mar - Oct 2012. Brisbane, Queensland Museum South Bank. Mummy: The Inside Story
2012/3, Nov-Apr, Mumbai, CSMVS, Mummy: The Inside Story
2013, Apr-Nov, Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
No acquisition details. Object assigned reg.no 1907,0112.1 in concordance register but, according to acquisitions register, this relates to another object. According to James BSFE 75 (1976) this object was acquired over a period of years along with objects from the Mohassib cache in Karnak; he assigns it as arriving in the BM in 1907.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: email@example.com
Object reference number: YCA69259
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.