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Block Statue of the Scribe of Divine Offerings, Tjaenwaset, son of Harsiese

Late Period, Kushite–Saite
Dynasty 25–26
690–610 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Karnak, Temple of Amun, Cachette
h. 25 cm (9 13/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1935
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
Tjaenwaset belonged to an illustrious family of priests and viziers at Thebes: his father Horsiese, grandfather Horkheb, and great-grandfather Horsiese are named on the statue.

Tjaenwaset's front panel depicts him worshiping the Osiris fetish. The prominent position of the motif, which more often occurs on the sides of block statues, may be connected with the role of his son, Pediese the donor of the statue, as a priest of Osiris the Coptite who figures in the complex of Osiris shrines attached to Karnak. These shrines played a part in reenactments of Osiris's resurrection at Karnak temple. From the late New Kingdom onward, the cult of Osiris was increasingly intertwined with every aspect of religious practice.
Excavated by Georges Legrain in the Karnak Cachette, 1904. Harkness Collection, purchased by Edward S. Harkness in Egypt by 1924. Donated to the Museum, 1935. Included in the online database of the Karnak Cachette.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2000. "Zum Verständnis der "Saitischen Formel." In Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, 28, p. 118 no. 186.

Robins, Gay 2001. Egyptian Statues, Shire Egyptology, 26. Princes Risborough, 28, fig. 28.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2009. Inschriften der Spätzeit, Teil III: Die 25. Dynastie. Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 403, cat. no.52.257.

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