Statue of royal scribe Bokennenife - ROM2018_16219_18


Statue of royal scribe Bokennenife

Medium:Carved greywacke
Geography: Excavated at Saqqara, Egypt
Date: c. 500 BC
Period: Probably reign of Ahmose II (Amasis), 26th Dynasty, Saite Period
49.5 × 21.5 × 11.8 cm
Object number: 969.137.1
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This fine statue was removed from a temple and deliberately concealed, along with many other pieces of temple furniture and statues after the destruction of the building in which they had been deposited.

Bak-n-na-nf-w was a royal scribe and priest of Ptah at Memphis. To have such a beautiful, polished image made, he must have been a man of considerable status. The statue's face is realistic, and the hieroglyphic inscription on the back is correctly written and well-cut. His other name, Menkhib-Psamtik contains that of the king, and suggests a relationship with the ruling house.

In this statue, the priest and scribe is offering a smaller statue of his patron god, Ptah in a naos to the temple. The inscription on the backpillar mentions the funerary aspect of the god, Ptah-Sokar. The statue was later reinscribed by a man named Har-si-ese, son of Harmais, for the god Osiris-Apis.

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