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Isis and Wepwawet, god of Asyut,with the name of Siese,Overseer of the Two Granaries of Ramesses II

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Ramesses II
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Asyut (Lykopolis), Tomb of Siese, Khashaba excavations
H. 129 (50 13/16 in); w 64 cm (25 3/16 in); d. 43 cm (16 15/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
The Royal Scribe and Overseer of the Granaries, Siase, dedicated this statue which represents Isis, his patron goddess, and Wepwawet, the local god of Assiut where the statue was made. Its fine but rather provincial style is the work of sculptors who were somewhat removed from the mainstream of the royal workshops. However, many of their mannerisms, such as the round cheeks and pronounced blandness of the goddess' face, gained popularity during the succeeding century. The inscriptons on the front of the statue contain prayers to the two gods. On the back is a long prayer to Osiris, invoking his aid in the Hereafter.
Khashaba excavations in Assiut between 1910 and 1914; received by the excavator in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Khashaba in 1917.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1920. "The Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 15, no. 6 (June), p. 130.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 348, fig. 218.

Robins, Gay 2001. Egyptian Statues, Shire Egyptology, 26. Princes Risborough, p. 32, fig. 32.

Stanwick, Paul 2002. Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs. Austin, pp. 29-30 n. 50.

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