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Granodiorite seated statue of a male official.
The figure wears a smooth shoulder-length wig with sharp pointed ends, set high on the forehead and tucked behind the oversized ears. He is depicted sitting on a low-backed chair, wearing a long kilt which is tied via a knot at the waist. The kilt reaches to just above the ankles, while the upper body is bare. Both of the arms are held at the sides of the body, with the palms placed flat on the outer edge of each thigh. The eyes are wide and almond shaped, with a heavy upper eyelid and deep-set eyebrows. The nose is long and slim, and the mouth is small in size. There appears to be a subtle fold of flesh on either side of the mouth, and the face is rounded at the jawline. The right side of the seat includes an inscription, and further text is also inscribed across the front of the seat on either side of the figure’s legs, and at the top of the statue base beside his feet.
Part of the right side of the figure’s face has now been lost, and the front right side corner of the seat base is also missing. There are visible cracks to the stone surface around the lower legs of the figure. The text across the statue surface is worn and difficult to read.
Height: 38 centimetres
Width: 11 centimetres
Depth: 20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The inscription includes requests for offerings and evocations of the gods Osiris and Ptah-Sokar, leading to suggestions that the entire text should be understood as referencing the deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, and that the object likely comes from a tomb or mortuary chapel setting (Taylor and Strudwick 2005).
The evocation of Osiris as the Lord of Memphis may also indicate a potential provenance, however this is still uncertain.
J. Vandier, 1958. Manuel d'Archeologie egyptienne III (Paris), p. 585.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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