AN EGYPTIAN BASALT BLOCK STATUE FOR TJA-N(Y)-MERY-DJEHUTY
LATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXVI-XXX, 664-343 B.C.
The figure seated with his knees drawn up to the chest, his arms crossed over the knees, the body enveloped in a cloak but for the emerging hands, with six columns of hieroglyphs on the front, reading: "...all people of the Two Lands, the Hall of Upper and Lower Egypt, the list(?) of the Henu-shrine, the amulet(?) of Amun...; ...all of that which is safe and guarded forever. Then shall ye say, 1000 of bread Tja-n(y)?-mery-Djehuty, son of Wepy, justified, (and) borne the Lady of the House...; ...the great gods of(?) the Hall, who makes firm the land for his(?) Ka in Per-Meru(?). It is the majesty of the noble ones...; ...he/him when the children are fighting(?). It is Amun who will magnify your years on earth(?), that you may be well(?) before the horizon(?)...; ...that he may present(?) to you the trees of life, that he may make its(?) leaves as the collection of offerings(?) of Thoth, lord of praise...; ...you..., Lord of Everlastingness;" a small column on the right shoulder, reading: "...for the Ka of the Steward of the Temple (or Wind-Shelter?), Child(?) (or Protector?) of the Great Ones (or Elders?);" a small column on the left shoulder, reading: "...the White Crown(-Goddess)(??), Protector(?) of the August/Noble Ones;" and three columns on the back pillar, reading: "[Wen]nofer, that the enemies might be blocked, onto the floor(?), onto the ground(?)...his...chosen of the god who is in it, who raises the arm of the Bas(?) of...pra[yer], dancing(?) in order to...; ...those who refuse admittance to the holder of judicial proceedings, who measures, come for his heart! There is not one who is great in his dread, he of the offering, his...Lord of robbery(?), strong one, magician of the god, who repels the enemy of...; ...[Tja-n(y)-mery-Djehuty, son of] Wepy, Justified, (and) borne by the Lady of the House Ta-di-Osiri, Justified, beloved of the gods; may he shine(?) in the sky forever;" the inscription likely added in the early Ptolemaic Period, circa late 4th century B.C.
10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) high