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Fragmentary green schist figure of the king Mentuhotep VI, the lower legs of the figure and base now missing.
The king is depicted wearing the nemes headcloth, the lappets reaching to the chest and with the material tucked behind the large ears. The horizontal band of the nemes is set low on the forehead with faint ridges that appear to have been carved twice at the left side, while the decorative striped markings across the cloth culminate in a twisted braid on the reverse. At the king’s forehead is the coiled body of the uraeus cobra, now headless. The figure is shown with the left leg advancing ahead of the right leg, and wears a short belted shendyt kilt. The upper body is bare, and has a subtly modelled torso and chest. Both of the broad arms are held at either side of the body, with an uncertain object held in the left hand and a piece of folded cloth held in the right hand. The eyes are narrow and slanted, with a heavy upper eyelid. The nose is almost as broad as the mouth, which features thin lips and is sharply incised around the edge of the lower lip. The face is particularly rounded and fleshy at the jawline, with a clear bulge of flesh around the neck. On the reverse is a slim back-pillar beginning at the upper back of the figure and featuring a single column of crudely carved text, with the lower portion of the pillar and inscription now missing.
In addition to the break at the lower legs, and loss of the base and cobra head from the nemes, there are some small chips to the stone surface around the edges of the wig and kilt, and some further damage to the edges of the back-pillar on the reverse.
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Height: 22.50 centimetres
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- Curator's comments
- Though the provenance for this statue is uncertain, it has been proposed that it likely originated from Karnak based on the finding of his few other surviving images from this site, and the Theban related name of the king (PM VIII; Russmann 2001).
J. Bourriau, S. Quirke, 1988. Pharaohs and mortals: Egyptian Art in the Middle Kingdom (Cambridge), p.54, 67-68, no. 53.
W.V. Davies, 1981. ‘A Royal Statue Reattributed’, British Museum Occasional Papers 28, p. 11, no. 1, 28, no. 40.
E. Russmann, N. Strudwick, T.G.H. James, 2006. Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum (American Federation of Arts), p. 46, no. 5.
W. Seipel, 1992. Gott, Mensch, Pharao (Vienna), p. 174-175, no. 50.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs
2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , Pharaoh: King of Egypt
- fair (incomplete - lacks feet and base)
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- Egypt and Sudan
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