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The General Tjahapimu

Period:
Late Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 30
Reign:
reign of Nectanebo II
Date:
360–343 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
Medium:
Meta-graywacke
Dimensions:
H. 75.3 × W. 25 × D. 16 cm (29 5/8 × 9 13/16 × 6 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1908
Accession Number:
08.205.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 128
The inscription on General Tjahapimu's belt describes him as "Brother of the King, Father of the King." He is the father of Nectanebo II, who is named on the back pillar, and, according to a recent study, most probably brother of Nectanebo I. Flawless high polish and tensed muscles impart energy to the statue.

Tjahapimu figures in the political intrigues of the period. When Teos, the son and successor of Nectanebo I, undertook a military campaign in Asia, he left his uncle Tjahapimu in control of Egypt. Tjahapimu's own son accompanied the army, challenged Teos for its control, and, with his father's support in Egypt, seized the crown to become Nectanebo II.
Excavated by the British School of Archaeology with funds from the Egyptian Research Account in Egypt. Received the by BSAE and the ERA from the Egyptian government in the division of finds. Allotted to the Museum through subscription, 1908.

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