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Statue of Ankhemtenenet

Third Intermediate Period–Late Period
Dynasty 25–26
ca. 743–656 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
Red quartzite
H. 25 x W. 29 x D. 18.2 cm (9 13/16 x 11 7/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
Ankhemtenenet's bold features testify to the period's affinity for earlier non-idealizing models, whether Middle Kingdom statuary on display in the Theban region or Old and Middle Kingdom statuary in the Memphis region.

He is wrapped in a Middle Kingdom-type cloak. His name is written on his shoulders; below is a reference to the temple of Ptah at Memphis, where the statue was probably dedicated. On the back is an offering formula with the name of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.
Purchased in Cairo from Panayotis Kitycas, 1907. According to Bernard Bothmer, Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period, Brooklyn 1960, p. 12, excavated at Mitrahineh in 1892, formerly in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo JE 29878.

Lythgoe, Albert M. 1907. "Recent Egyptian Acquisitions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 12 (December), p. 195.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2009. Inschriften der Spätzeit, Teil III: Die 25. Dynastie. Harrassowitz Verlag, pp. 370-1,cat. no. 52.42.

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