University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:E1390
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Egypt
Period: Psamtik I
Seated Male
Egyptian Inscription
Credit Line:Distribution from the Egyptian Research Account; William Flinders Petrie, 1895
Other Number:ES1390 - Other Number


This statue depicts the priest Horwedjau. The inscription, which covers the front of the statue, calls upon the priests of the Temple at Coptos to make invocation offerings at various festivals for the benefit of his ka (or life force). The god Min was the primary deity of Coptos, and his name appears in the first line of the inscription. The inscription also includes a funerary offering prayer invoking Isis of Coptos. The head of the statue is missing, and the feet and front of the base are restored. This shape of statue is known as a block statue, a form which first appeared in the Middle Kingdom (c. 1980-1630 BCE) but remained popular centuries later.

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