Statuette of a seated male - ROM2018_16310_2


Statuette of a seated male

Medium:Limestone, carved
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
22.9 x 14 x 7.8 cm
Object number: 905.2.104
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This modest statue was excavated in a cemetery near the pyramid of King Ahmose I, the last royal pyramid built in Egypt. The owner of the statue may have had a tomb or a cenotaph near the site, along the processional way that led from the cultivated land out to the shrine of Queen Tetisheri and then to the tomb of Ahmose, and finally to a great Terrace Temple.

The statue shows the man in his best wig, and a fine white kilt.  Unfortunately, though his skin retains its red paint, and his wig its black, there is no trace of an identifying inscription on the narrow back pillar that extends all the way to the back of his head.  That back pillar is probably the reason why the statue has survived intact through thirty-five hundred years.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1902-1904
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