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Statuette of Kary

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Ramesses II
ca. 1304–1237 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina
H. 48 cm (18 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
The "great craftsman in the place-of-truth" Kery was one of the artists who decorated the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Here, he carries a standard crowned with the head of a falcon, presumably an image of “Horus, son of Isis . . . Lord of the desert,” who is addressed on the staff. In an inscription on the base, Kery wishes for “a good life combined with health, gladness, and rejoicing every day, my two eyes seeing, my two ears hearing, my mouth filled with truth.”
On proper right shoulder, with divine figure:
Front of kilt:
prr.t nb.t Hr wdH.w n.t jmn-raw m jp.t-s.wt m-bAH Hmw.w-wr m s.t mAa.t kAr
All that goes forth on the offering table of Amunre in Karnak in the presence of the Chief Craftsman in the Place of Truth, Kar(y)
Htp Di nswt Hr.w zA As.t nTr aA nb xAs.wt Di=f r'=i wDA(.w)
Purchased by the Museum from Nicolas Koutoulakis, Geneva, 1965.

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