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Statue of Amenmes: a granite figure of the King's Scribe Amenmes, clad in a long garment, kneeling and holding a cultic object, now lost. Four vertical lines of inscription run down the front of his garment on the statue. There are three vertical lines on the back-pillar of the statue contain funerary prayers.
Height: 49 centimetres
Width: 22 centimetres
Depth: 33.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Amenmes was buried in Theban Tomb 373; a bust of his mother is also in the British Museum (ea 1198). He dedicated several other statues in various temples, which he may have been able to do because of his position as a temple inspector. This statue, however, may come from his tomb. He was an important official and was devoted to the goddess Neith.
This was one of the antiquities acquired from the French together with the Rosetta Stone.
T.G.H.James, 'Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae etc. in the British Museum' 9 (London, 1970), pl. 45.2;
L. Habachi, 'The royal scribe Amenmose, son of Penzerti and Mutemonet: his monuments in Egypt and abroad', in J. Johnson and B.Wente (eds), 'Studies in Honor of George R. Hughes' (Chicago, 1977), 83-103, esp. 90;
K. A. Kitchen, 'Ramesside inscriptions : translated & annotated Translations Vol.3, Ramesses II, his contemporaries' (Oxford, 2000), 213;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' VIII (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 584.
- Not on display
- fair (upper part lost)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.137 (Birch Slip Number)