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Block statue of Nes-Amun

Block statue of Nes-Amun
© BA Antiquities Museum/C. Gerigk


Ancient Egyptian Antiquities

Block statue of Nes-Amun

Category:
Sculpture in the round, statues, human / gods and goddesses statues, block (cube) statues
Date:
Ancient Egyptian period, Late Period (664-332 BCE)
Provenance:
Upper Egypt, Luxor (Thebes), East Bank, Karnak temple
Material(s):
Rock, granite, black granite
Height:
46 cm;
Width:
20.5 cm;
Depth:
29.5 cm
Hall:
Ancient Egyptian Antiquities


Description

A block statue of a priest serving the god Monthu, Lord of Thebes, by the name of ‎Nes-Amun, son of Ankh.ef (n) Khonsu. The priest is represented in a squatting position‎ and a relief sculpture of the god of the dead, Osiris in a mummified form and ‎wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt, occupies the center of the statue. The god ‎Osiris holds the crook and flail, emblems of power and government, and he is flanked on ‎both sides by an offering formula addressed to Osiris and Seker. On the back, prayers ‎are addressed for the sake of “the god of the city” (neter-niwty) Monthu Lord of Thebes. ‎ 

Karnak Cache

This statue, like many others, was recovered from the “Karnak Cache”, in Luxor. The‎ cache was discovered in 1903 by Georges Legrain beneath the courtyard of the Seventh‎ Pylon in the Great Temple of Karnak. Working under extremely difficult ‎conditions, the workers of Legrain painstakingly recovered over seven hundred statues, sixteen‎ thousand bronzes, and numerous other objects by the time the excavation was ‎suspended. Legrain was forced to interrupt his work in July 1905 due to water seepage ‎that threatened the life of his workers. He was, though, certainly aware that the cache had ‎not yet surrendered all its secrets.‎


The information given here is subject to modification/update as a result of ongoing research.

References
  • Jean-Pierre Corteggiani, L'Egypte des Pharaons au Musée du Caire, illustrated by Jean-François Gout (Paris: Hachette, 1986).
  • Zahi Hawass, ed., Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The Archaeology Museum (Cairo: The Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2002): 24, 27.
  • Georges Posener, Serge Sauneron and Jean Yoyotte, “Block Statue”, in Dictionary of Egyptian Civilization, translated by Alix Macfarlane (London: Methuen, 1962).
  • Mona Serry, ed., Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Antiquities Museum, introduction by Ismail Serageldin (Alexandria: Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Antiquities Museum, 2015): 32-33, 313, 356.
  • Karl Jansen-Winkeln, Biographische und religiöse Inschriften der Spätzeit aus dem Ägyptischen Museum Kairo, Ägypten und Altes Testament 45 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2001).
  • Karl Jansen-Winkeln, Inschriften der Spätzeit, vol. 3, Die 25. Dynastie (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009): 425.
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