11 December 2003
AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE BLOCK STATUE FOR PA-KHEREP-EN-KHONSU
Late Period, Dynasty XXVI, Reign of Psamtik I, 664-610 B.C.
Depicted squatting with exposed feet and arms, the legs drawn up, the arms resting on the knees with the right hand crossing over the left, the top inscribed with the nomen and prenomen of the Saite Pharaoh Psamtik I, and with eight columns of hieroglyphs on the front of the garment and another three on the back pillar with an offering formula on behalf of "...the scribe of the horses of Upper and Lower Egypt, the one great in his office, the truly beloved unique royal acquaintance, the one whose deeds are praised,... Pa-Kherep-En-Khonsu, whose mother is Nitocris..."
16 in. (40.6 cm.) high
Kofler Collection, Lucerne, 1950s.
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For a similar block statue, inscribed for Nesna-isat in a private collection, see no. 32 in Bothmer, et al., Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period.
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