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Object Number: 42-9-1
Current Location: Egypt (Mummies) Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Egypt
Sais
Locus: Temple
Period: Late Period
Twenty-Sixth Dynasty
Date Made: 664-525 BC
Early Date: -664
Late Date: -525
Section:Egyptian
Materials:Basalt
Iconography:Psamtik-sa-Neith
Shrine
Osiris
Height: 55.88cm
Width: 20.32cm
Depth: 36.83cm
Credit Line:Purchased from R. Stora, 1942

Description

The high-ranking official, Psamtik-sa-Neith, dedicated this statue of himself to a temple of the goddess Neith in the city of Sais. A native of this city, he served as the local superintendent of works. His name means “Psametichus, the son of Neith.” He is shown kneeling and holding a small shrine that contains an image of the god Osiris. The inscriptions on this statue, invoking the gods Osiris and Neith would have appealed to passersby for their prayers. Also included in the inscription is mention of civil strife within the town of Sais. Psamtik-sa-Neith played an important role in calming the unrest. Perhaps in gratitude for his actions, the pharaoh Amasis raised Psamtik-sa-Neith to the exalted rank of “Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt.”


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Searching for Ancient Egypt: (1997 - 1997)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Silverman, David P. 1997. Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 146-47View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] 1960. Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period 700 B.C to A.D 100. : Page/Fig./Plate: 71View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Ranke, Hermann. 1942. The late Saitic Statue From The Temple of Neith At Sais. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (4) : Page/Fig./Plate: 13-17View Objects cited in this Publication

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