From: Egypt | Sais

Curatorial Section: Egyptian

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Object Number 42-9-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Egypt | Sais
Locus Temple
Period Late Period | Twenty-Sixth Dynasty
Date Made 664-525 BCE
Section Egyptian
Materials Basalt
Iconography Psamtik-sa-Neith | Shrine | Osiris
Inscription Language Hieroglyphic

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.”

Height 57.15 cm
Width 20.32 cm
Depth 36.83 cm
Credit Line Purchased from R. Stora, 1942

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