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Kneeling Statue of Yuny

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Seti I
ca. 1294–1279 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Asyut (Lykopolis), Tomb of Amenhotep, Necropolis Cliff tomb, Medjdeni, Khashaba excavations, 1913
Limestone, paint
H. 129 cm (50 13/16 in); w. 54.9 cm (21 5/8 in); d. 90.5 cm (35 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Yuny, shown kneeling, is dressed in the robe, wig, and sandals of a nobleman. His eyes and eye-brows, originally made as inlays, are now lost. Between his knees and outstretched arms he holds a shrine with a figure of the god Osiris. This is one of two statues of Yuny found in or near the tomb-chapel of his father, the chief physician Amenhotep, in the New Kingdom necropolis of Asyut. Yuny probably commissioned the chapel after his father's death. Graffiti on its walls show that the chapel was a place of pilgrimage in the Ramesside period, perhaps by visitors seeking the intercession of Yuny's father in healing ailments. Although Yuny himself is not called "physician" or "chief physician" on his monuments, he probably followed his father in that occupation, as he did in most of his other offices. On this statue he has the title "overseer of Sakhmet's lay-priests," which indicates his association with the medical profession.

The statue of Yuny with his wife Renenutet (15.2.1) is on display in gallery 124.
Excavated in the necropolis of Asyut by Sayyid Pasha Khashaba, 1913. Received by Khashaba in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Khashaba, 1933.

Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 68-69.

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