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Statue of Roy Chanting the Solar Hymn Written on His Stela

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep II
ca. 1427–1400 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Limestone, paint
H. 31.5 × w. 16.3 × d. 19 cm (12 3/8 × 6 7/16 × 7 1/2 in. )
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
The scribe Roy holds a stela inscribed with a hymn to the sun god Re. Roy also served as steward of a temple dedicated to a queen whose name is not given. Her title "king's great wife" identifies her as her husband's most important queen.
Roy is kneeling with his hands raised, a standard pose of worship and the statue should probably be understood as a representation of Roy reciting the text on the stela.
Purchased in Luxor by J. Pierpont Morgan, March 1909. Presented to the Museum as part of Morgan's collection by his son J. P. Morgan, 1917.

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