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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
Inscription Language:Hieroglyphic
Height: 55.88 cm
Width: 20.32 cm
Depth: 36.83 cm
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.. Cornell University Press. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 146-47View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] 1960. Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period 700 B.C to A.D 100.. New York. Brooklyn Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 71View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Ranke, Hermann. Jun 1942. "The late Saitic Statue From The Temple of Neith At Sais". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 9. no. 4. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 13-17View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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