- Museum number
Round-topped limestone stela of Tjaiemhotep: the size of this piece alone indicates the importance of Tjaiemhotep own right. In the figured scene, beneath the usual winged sun disc, Tjaiemhotep herself stands at the right with hands raised in the attitude of prayer. Anatomically correctly, but by Egyptian artistic conventions most unusually, she is depicted with both breasts shown. The hieroglyphs before her provide her title, name and mother's name alone. The signs above the conventionally heaped offering table describe the ritual as 'adoring the god four times'. The row of deities adored from right to left comprise the local Memphite funerary god Sokaris, in the guise of Osiris; bull-headed Apis; Isis and Nephthys, Horus, Anubis, and the falcon of the West. The text with each figure provides the name and epithet and various wishes granted to the deceased. The frame at each side is a 'was'-sceptre.
- Production date
Height: 90.20 centimetres (max)
Width: 44.20 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
E.A.W. Budge, 'A Guide to the Egyptian Galleries (Sculpture), British Museum' (London, 1909), cat.no. 1027;
E.A.E. Reymond, 'From the Records of a Priestly Family from Memphis' Vol. 1, 'Agyptologische Abhandlungen' 38 (Wiesbaden, 1981), cat.no. 20;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' III (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p. 744;
S. Walker & P. Higgs [eds.], 'Cleopatra of Egypt' (London, 2001), pp. 186-187  =
'Cleopatra's Egypt' [exhibition catalogue] (Brooklyn, 1988), pp. 230-231  = 'Kleopatra' [exhibition catalogue] (Mainz, 1989), pp. 282-283 ;
D. Devauchelle, 'Revue d'Égyptologie' 47, p. 171-172;
J. Quaegebeur, Chronique d'Egypte 49 (1974), 65-6 (no. 11).
G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.64;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 302-3.
Translation: C. Maystre, 'Les grands pretres de Ptah de Memphis' (OBO 113): p.414-422;
M. Lichtheim, 'Ancient Egyptian Literature' Volume III (Berekeley/London, 1980) p.59-65;
E. A. E. Reymond, 'From the records of a priestly family of Memphis' I (Wiesbaden), pp. 165-77.
M. Panov, Die Stele der Taimhotep, in: Lingua Aegyptia 18 (2010), pp. 169-191.
S. Albersmeier, Untersuchungen zu den Frauenstatuen des ptolemäischen Ägypten (Mainz am Rhein, 2002), 95 n. 549; 139 n. 814; 141 n. 835; 237 n. 361; 239 n. 462; 271 n. 473.
- On display (G4/B4)
- fair (reconstructed from fragments)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Probably Salt second list (1821), item 54 [NCS]
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: ES.147