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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
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.
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.

Hornemann, Bodil 1951. Types of Ancient Egyptian Statuary (Copenhagen, 1951-1969). III, pl. 265.

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. 161, fig. 88.

Arnold, Dieter, Emma Brunner Traut, Henry G. Fischer, Matthias Seidel, Wilfried Seipel, C. Vandersleyen, and Erika Feucht 1975. Das alte Ägypten, Propyläen Kunstgeschichte, 15. Berlin, p. 251, fig. 195b.

Robins, Gay 2001. Egyptian Statues, Shire Egyptology, 26. Princes Risborough, p. 10, fig. 2.

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