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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA29478

  • Description

    Black granite kneeling naophorous male figure wearing the bag-wig; shrine contains Osiris; incised Hieroglyphic text on the back-pillar, sides of the shrine and round the plinth; upper body repaired.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 centimetres
    • Width: 13.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 21 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        back-pillar
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        naos
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        plinth
  • Curator's comments

    See PM viii, p. 812.
    Von Kanel, Les pretres-ouab de Sekhmet et les conjurateurs de Serket (1984): 41-6, pls.12-13 [Doc.40]
    G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.25.

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2005-2006 Oct-Feb, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Mummy: The Inside Story
    2006 7 Mar-6 Aug, Mobile (Alabama), Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Mummy: The Inside Story
    2006-2007 6 Oct-18 Feb, Tokyo National Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
    2007 17 Mar-17 Jun, Kobe City Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
    2010/11 Oct-Mar, Leiden, National Museum Of Antiquities, Egyptian Magic

  • Condition

    fair (repaired)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA29478

  • Registration number

    1897,0511.223


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