Monday, April 6, 2015
Museum Pieces - Statue of Khaemwaset
This statue fragment portrays Khaemwaset, son of Ramesses II and Isetnofret, who was the high priest of Ptah at Memphis. He is often called the 'first archaeologist', and he restored a number of ancient tombs at Memphis and also constructed the Serapeum. He became especially important in the Graeco-Roman Period, and two demotic stories depict him as a master magician. The Brussels statue shows the prince standing, wearing an archaising wig and a false beard. He holds in his hands an indeterminate cult object. Two identical vertical columns of text on the back pillar tell us that the prince was here shown as the god Horus Iunmutef.
Inventory number: E.6721
Dating: RAMESSES II/USERMAATRE-SETEPENRE
Archaeological Site: SAQQARA NECROPOLIS ?
Material: BASALT ?
Technique: HEWN; POLISHED; ENGRAVED; SCULPTURED
Height: 25.4 cm
Width: 15.5 cm
Depth: 19.3 cm
The god Horus Iunmutef, the sem priest, the prince, Khaemwaset, that he might give...
F. Lefebvre et B. Van Rinsveld, L'Égypte. Des Pharaons aux Coptes, Bruxelles 1990, 127-128
W. Seipel, Gott. Mensch. Pharao. Viertausend Jahre Menschenbild in der Skulptur des Alten Ägypten (Exposition), Vienne 1992, 293-295 n° 110
Le Roman de la momie. Les amours d'une princesse égyptienne (Exposition Saint-Gérard de Brogne), Namur 1997, 112 n° 43