Statue fragment

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Textiles case
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty
Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor
Height: 180mm | Width: 145mm | Depth: 72mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Amun | Khonsu | Mut

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Limestone fragment of a statue depicting the torso of a man. The statue is broken from the neck up and the waste down. The owner wears a duplex wig with echeloned curls at the front and a dress with pleated sleeves, both typical of the Nineteenth Dynasty. The arms of the man are by his sides and, based on parallels, would have rested on his knees. Fingers over the left shoulder indicate that this was originally a dyad statue depicting a husband an wife. The back of the statue is inscribed with four partial columns of hieroglyphs, although originally there would have been six. The inscription includes an invocation to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, before presenting a series of titles of the owner. He was a "God's Father, Beloved of the god, Master of secrets in heaven, on earth and in the netherworld, sem priest in...'. Unfortunately, neither the name of the owner or his wife is preserved. Because of the invocation offering to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, it seems likely that the statue originated from the Theban area. Purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1919.


Malek, Jaromir 1999. Topographical bibliography of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, statues, reliefs and paintings VIII: objects of provenance not known. Part 2: private statues (Dynasty XVIII to the Roman Period), statues of deities. Oxford: Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum. [801-650-463]

Wellcome Number
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 27 May 1919, Lot 408
Auction Details
Egyptian bust in stone, with hieroglyphics on back, and 2 bead necklaces
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)

Last modified: 29 Aug 2022

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