Ramesses IX before the barque of Amun, Tomb of Imiseba
Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965)
New Kingdom, Ramesside
reign of Ramesses IX
ca. 1126–1108 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Tempera on paper
facsimile: h. 65.5 cm (25 13/16 in); w. 131 cm (51 9/16 in)
framed: h. 68.9 cm (27 1/8 in); w. 135.3 cm (53 1/4 in)
Rogers Fund, 1936
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
Some of the most important individuals of the late Ramesside era chose to associate their mortuary cults very closely with certain long-extant sacred areas; for example, one such person integrated his tomb with that of Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, a figure of the greatest devotion. As Imiseba’s stature was somewhat more modest, he did not have access to such restricted structures. Instead, Imiseba, who was overseer of priests in the Domain of Amun and a third-generation chief archivist of Karnak Temple, took a related but innovative approach. He reemployed the unfinished eighteenth-dynasty tomb of one Nebamun and in the transverse hall created an evocation of a royal memorial temple with the aid of the artist Amenhotep, well known from the Deir el Medina crew.
This grand scene depicts Ramesses IX censing before the bark of Amun, at rest at a bark station along its route from Karnak to the West Bank during the Festival of the Valley.
Painted at Qurna by Nina de Garis Davies for the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936.
Wilkinson, Charles K. and Marsha Hill 1983. Egyptian Wall Paintings: The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Collection of Facsimiles. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.