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Stelophorous Statue of Bay

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Seti I or later
Date:
ca. 1294–1250 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: H. 28.1 cm (7 1/2 in); w. 15 cm (4 in); d. 15 cm (5 7/8 in) upper half: h. 17.8 cm (7 in) lower half: h. 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966 (66.99.94) Gift of R. J. Demarée, 2009 (2009.253)
Accession Number:
66.99.94
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
This statuette depicts a kneeling man holding a stela inscribed with a hymn to the sun. An inscription on the back of the statuette identifies the man as Bay, who was a scribe working in the administration of the temple of Seti I, a post he probably held into the reign of Seti's son, Ramesses II. Complete statues of nonroyal individuals from this period are uncommon, and pieces of this fine quality are extremely rare.
66.99.94: formerly Gallatin Collection. Purchased by the Museum, 1966. Previously purchased by Gallatin at Esoterica, October 1958. 2009.253: acquired in a shop at the Mena House Hotel in 1965–1966 by Egyptologist Robert J. Demarée. Join with MMA 66.99.94 noted by Demarée on a study visit to the Metropolitan Museum, 2008. Donated to the Metropolitan Museum by Demarée, 2009.

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