- Museum number
Blue glazed composition foundation-deposit: the prenomen and nomen of Ramses II are painted on the upper face of this block, while the name of the 'sem'-priest, Prince Khaemwaset appears on each side. The lower face is worn away and may not have been inscribed. The two ends are blank. The block is chipped on the edges, and the surface is heavily worn in places.
Height: 4.90 centimetres
Weight: 40 grammes
Thickness: 1.80 centimetres
Width: 3.10 centimetres
- Inscription subject
- Curator's comments
- This piece was purchased in Cairo, and there is no doubt that it forms part of a foundation deposit from Memphis (compare W. M. F. Petrie, Memphis I (London, 1909), pl. 19, lower left).
F. Gomaà, 'Chaemwese' (Wiesbaden. 1973), 83;
J. Weinstein, 'Foundation Deposits in ancient Egypt' 258 (unpublished thesis, 1973);
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' III (Part 2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 832;
K.A. Kitchen, 'Ramesside Inscriptions' Vol. 7 (Oxford: Blackwell Press), 105.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016-2017, Oct-Jan, Arles, Musée départemental Arles antique, Khaemwaset, the archaeologist prince, knowledge and power in Ancient Egypt
- Good. The block is chipped on the edges, and the surface is heavily worn in places.
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number