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Relief with cartouches of Psammuthis

Late Period
Dynasty 29
reign of Psammuthis
393 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak
H. 27cm (10 5/8 in); w. 44 cm (17 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
After the long Persian domination, the desire for building and renovation was strongly manifested in the 29th dynasty even before the grand temple programs of the 30th dynasty. Psammuthis only reigned for one year, and may have been a southern challenger to the son of his predecessor Nepherities. Even so, he appears to have maintained in Thebes a program of growth and building first envisioned by his predecessor Nepherities and reaching its culmination in the reign of his successor Achoris.

This block was obtained in Luxor and is very similar to one oriented in the opposite direction that had been reused in a village near Luxor and was acquired by Lepsius for Berlin . It has been conjectured to come from the restoration of the the magazine for offerings to the south of the Sacred Lake at Karnak that was partly and perhaps wholly the work of Psammuthis. The block shows the enthroned god Khonsu to the right extending life to the Horus-name and nomen of Psammuthis, followed by the standard phrase "given all life, all joy, forever."
Purchased by Alan Gardiner in Luxor. Purchased by the Museum from him in Luxor, 1927.

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