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Block Statue of a Prophet of Montu and Scribe Djedkhonsuefankh, son of Khonsumes and Taat

Late Period, Kushite–Saite
Dynasty 25–26
690–610 B.C.
From Egypt; Made for Upper Egypt, Thebes, Luxor
h. 30.7 cm (12 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
In the late 25th dynasty and early 26th dynasty the austere beauty of the block statue form, here particularly enhanced by the hard gleam of dark surfaces, was greatly appreciated. The form puts a strong emphasis on the face and compliments the often stern or blunt countenances favored at the time.

The front of the statue givesthe names, titles and parentage of Djedkhonsuiuefankh, son of Khonsumes and Taat. Djedkhonsuiuefankh can be linked to a multigeneration illustrious family of priests at Thebes. On the top of the base an appeal to the living, a requst for offerings to those who would pass the statue where it was placed in Luxor Temple. On the back pillar is an inscribed formula known as the Saite formula.
Purchased from M. Casira, Egypt, 1907.

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

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2000. "Zum Verständnis der "Saitischen Formel." In Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, 28, p. 117 no. 182.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2014. Inschriften der Spätzeit, Teil IV: Die 26. Dynastie, 2 vols.. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, pp. 171-2.

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