Statuette of Kary

New Kingdom, Ramesside

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124

The "great craftsman in the place-of-truth" Kary was one of the artists who decorated the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Here, he carries a standard crowned with the head of a falcon, presumably an image of “Horus, son of Isis . . . Lord of the desert,” who is addressed on the staff. In an inscription on the base, Kary wishes for “a good life combined with health, gladness, and rejoicing every day, my two eyes seeing, my two ears hearing, my mouth filled with truth.”

Statuette of Kary, Wood

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