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Temple inscription usurped by Ramses II: a red granite temple relief, perhaps an architectural element, inscribed with a text containing the cartouche of Ramses II directly superimposed upon an earlier (by six centuries) inscription with the cartouche of the 12th Dynasty king Senusret III: 'Khakheperre'. Both are carved in sunk relief, but the later inscription is slightly larger and more crudely executed than the earlier. The red infill is modern. The right side of the block has been lost.
Height: 98 centimetres
Weight: 165 kilograms
Width: 101 centimetres
Depth: 16 centimetres
- Inscription subject
- Curator's comments
- In this case, the usurpation is almost certainly not a sign of hostility to the earlier monarch, but done to save expenditure, since hard stone was not locally available in the Delta.
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 30;
E. Naville, 'Bubastis', Memoirs of the Egypt Exploration Fund 8 (London, 1891), pls. 26c, 33e; M. Bierbrier, 'Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae etc. in the British Museum' 10 (London, 1982), pl. 13;
The British Museum, 'A guide to the Egyptian galleries (Sculpture)' (London, 1909), 48-9 (no. 167).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2016 8 Mar-12 Jun, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Pharoah: King of Egypt
2018 7 Jun-16 Sep, Barcelona, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2018-2019 16 Oct-20 jan, Madrid, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
- fair (incomplete). The right side of the block has been lost.
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- Egypt and Sudan
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