Relief of Ramesses IX

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 20
Reign:
reign of Ramesses IX
Date:
ca. 1126–1108 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 45 cm (17 11/16 in); w. 57 cm (22 7/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Frederick P. Huntley Bequest, 1959
Accession Number:
59.51a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
Ramesses IX is shown seated at left within a shrine, facing a hymn of praise in his honor. The inscription likens the king to the creator gods Ra and Khnum. The rather summary carrying of the stela and the uneven phrasing of the text illustrate the decline of Ramesside art in the late 20th Dynasty.

Left

The god of Edfu, great god of dappled plumage.

Lord of the Two Lands Good God Nefer-ka-re setepen-re, given life.

Right

(1) Worshipping the good ruler:

Oh beautiful one who is king of the Two Lands! You are Re. Your image is his image. Your lifetime (2) is like his lifetime. He gave you his kingship over the earth on the day he crossed to the netherworld.

You are the son (3) of the White Crown, born of the Red Crown — those two goddesses joined on your forehead.

You are Khnum, who forms the lowly (4) and makes the great with his life forces, who allows the country to exist in safety, and makes owners of those who have nothing.

(5) You are the lord, beautiful of heart, with no other before you. Give sound breath from your mouth every day, as you give your blessings.

James P. Allen 2007
Purchased by the Museum from Nicholas Koutoulakis, Geneva, 1959.