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Statue of Roy Chanting the Solar Hymn Written on His Stela

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep II
Date:
ca. 1427–1400 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 31.5 × w. 16.3 × d. 19 cm (12 3/8 × 6 7/16 × 7 1/2 in. )
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1960
  • Description

    The scribe Roy holds a stela inscribed with a hymn to the sun god Re. Roy also served as steward of a temple dedicated to a queen whose name is not given. Her title "king's great wife" identifies her as her husband's most important queen.
    Roy is kneeling with his hands raised, a standard pose of worship and the statue should probably be understood as a representation of Roy reciting the text on the stela.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Adoring Re at his Rising until his Setting

    Give me passage for the great boat (of the sun),
    repel for me the wrath of the backward-looking serpent
    so the sailing of the night-boat may happen daily.

    By the scribe and steward of the temple of the King's Great Wife,
    Roy, justified, he says "Hail Harakhti-Amun, who controls the gods,
    may you cross the sky in contentment every day."

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Luxor by J. Pierpont Morgan, March 1909. Presented to the Museum as part of Morgan's collection by his son J. P. Morgan, 1917.

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