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The Younger Memnon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA19

  • Title (object)

    • The Younger Memnon
  • Description

    Head and upper body of pink/grey granite monumental statue of Ramses II (one of a pair placed before the door of the Ramesseum) wearing nemes head-cloth and circlet of uraei (about half now lost), the sculptor has exploited the bichrome nature of the stone to emphasise the division between body and face; the dorsal pillar is inscribed with vertical registers of hieroglyphs - giving the name and titles of the king and part of a dedication to Amun-Ra; in 1817 it was noted that there were traces of colour upon the statue and it may have, therefore, been painted red in antiquity.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 266.8 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 203.3 centimetres (max;across shoulders)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        dorsal pillar
      • Inscription Comment

        Vertical registers of fine relief hieroglyphs.
  • Curator's comments

    For the connection of the statue with Shelley's sonnet see John Rodenbeck ‘Travelers from an Antique Land: Shelley’s Inspiration for “Ozymandias”’, in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, No. 24, Archaeology of Literature: Tracing the Old in the New (Department of English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo and American University in Cairo Press, 2004), pp. 121-148.

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  • Bibliography

    • Noehden 1822 bibliographic details
    • Leblanc and Esmoingt 1999 bibliographic details
    • MacGregor 2010 cat.no.20, pp.124-129 bibliographic details
    • Quirke & Spencer 1992 fig. 99 bibliographic details
    • Davies 1905 For King wearing modius wuth uraei and sundisk, as support for hemhemet crown: see pl. 8 bibliographic details
    • James and Davies 1983 Front Cover bibliographic details
    • Hart 1990 p. 11 bibliographic details
    • Serino 1988 p. 11 bibliographic details
    • Fornari and Tosi 1987 p. 141 bibliographic details
    • Porter & Moss 1929 p. 153 bibliographic details
    • Donadoni 1990 p. 155 bibliographic details
    • Jack 1967 p. 167ff bibliographic details
    • Bryan 1991 p. 203 bibliographic details
    • Sourouzian 1988 p. 235, n. 26 bibliographic details
    • Meyer 1988 p. 26 bibliographic details
    • Bryan and Kozloff 1992 p. 319 bibliographic details
    • Cimmino 1984 p. 326; pp. 308- 309, p. 355 bibliographic details
    • Aston et al. 2000 p. 36 bibliographic details
    • Hall 1930 p. 365, fig. 201 bibliographic details
    • Vandier 1958 p. 396; p. 409 bibliographic details
    • Porter and Moss 1972 p. 436 bibliographic details
    • Kitchen 1999 p. 667 bibliographic details
    • James 1970 p. 8, pl. 5 bibliographic details
    • Leblanc 1985 p. 80, n. 45; pl. IV, b bibliographic details
    • Siliotti 1985 p. 95 bibliographic details
    • Vandersleyen 1975 pl. 203 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp. 202- 203 bibliographic details
    • McNaught 1978 pp. 224- 226 bibliographic details
    • Jolliffe 1820 pp. 333- 335 bibliographic details
    • Sattin 1988 pp. 35- 38; pp. 41- 43 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1989 pp. 61- 62 bibliographic details
    • Belzoni 1822 pp. 61- 80 bibliographic details
    • Hamblin 1988 pp. 80- 81; p. 84; pp. 86- 87 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G4/B9

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • Condition

    good (incomplete - lower body and legs lost)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1817

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA19

  • Registration number

    .19

  • Additional IDs

    • ES.19

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