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Granodiorite kneeling figure of Nespaqashuty: this archaizing image combines elements from several previous periods. His elaborately detailed double wig and short chin beard have New Kingdom prototypes, most closely paralleled by wig and beard styles of the middle of the Eighteenth Dynasty. But his short, pleated kilt, frequently found on sculpture of the Old and Middle Kingdoms, was rarely represented on statues of the Eighteenth Dynasty and later New Kingdom, most of which are more elaborately costumed. Nespaqashuty's kneeling figure holds a symbol of the goddess Hathor in the form of a stylized sistrum, with the goddess' cow-eared face at the top of the handle. The inscription on the statue invokes, not Hathor, but the lesser goddess Nebethetepet, who was sometimes identified with Hathor. Nespakashuty's face on this statue is clearly no portrait, but neither is it archaizing. He has almond-shaped eyes and a sober expression. The base of statue and the sides of the sistrum are inscribed with hieroglyphs.
- Production date
- 620BC (circa)
Height: 74 centimetres
Weight: 175 kilograms
Width: 28 centimetres
Depth: 48 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Combines with fragment (.1225) to form complete figure. The bust and the lower part of this statue were acquired separately, in 1893 and 1897. Since the bust (on which Nespaqashuty's name does not appear) was believed to come from Thebes and the lower section had been acquired at Edfu, the fact that they belonged together was not recognized for some time. It is not entirely impossible that the statue came from a temple in Edfu. But since Nespaqashuty's other monuments are all from Thebes, it is far more likely that the lower half, already separated from the bust, was taken to Edfu by a nineteenth-century antiquities dealer.
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2) (Oxford, 1964), p. 790;
G. Robins, ‘The Art of Ancient Egypt’ (London, 1997), p. 227, fig. 272.
Edith Bernhauer, 'Die Sistrophore der 25. und 26. Dynastie. Ein typologischer und ikonographischer Ausblick', ASAE 83 (2009), 47, 51, 57 fig. 7.
H. De Meulenaere, 'La famille des viszirs Nespamedou et Nespakashouty', CdE 38 (1963), 71-7
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006-2007 6 Oct-18 Feb, Tokyo, National Museum of Nature and Science, Mummy: The Inside Story
2007 17 Mar-17 Jun, Kobe City Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
2009 2 Mar-29 Jun, Paris, Louvre Museum, Les Portes du Ciel
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
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
2019 19 Feb-25 Aug, Girona, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2019-2020 24 Sept-12 Jan, Seville, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
- fair (reconstructed)
- Acquisition date
- 1893 & 1897
- Acquisition notes
- The upper and lower sections of this object were purchased separately.
- Egypt and Sudan
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