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Sistrophoros Statue of Kaemwaset

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

Kaemwaset was connected with the temple of Amun-Re at Karnak in Thebes (modern-day Luxor). The inscription on this statue invokes that god, as well as the goddesses Mut and Nebethetepet. It would have enabled the deceased Kaemwaset to share in the daily temple offerings to the gods and to participate in the daily rites of resurrection.

The royal name carved on Kaemwaset's upper right arm dates his statue to the reign of Thutmose IV. The rolls of flesh on his torso are an artistic convention indicating his prosperity. The object that he holds represents the head of the goddess Hathor resting on a protective Isis-knot. On her head is a miniature temple gateway flanked by two volutes. These forms suggest the sistrum, a musical rattle whose sound was beloved by Hathor and other goddesses. The cobra shown in the doorway and two others on the sides also evoke goddesses and their protection.

MEDIUM Granite, traces of paint
  • Possible Place Collected: Karnak, Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1400-1390 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 26 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 17 13/16in. (66.3 x 26 x 45.3cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 74.97
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Christos G. Bastis
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    CAPTION Sistrophoros Statue of Kaemwaset, ca. 1400-1390 B.C.E. Granite, traces of paint, 26 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 17 13/16in. (66.3 x 26 x 45.3cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Christos G. Bastis, 74.97. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, 74.97_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black granite statue inscribed for Kaiemwaset. The nobleman is represented as kneeling and proffering a large Hathor-sistrum. Kaiemwaset is dressed in a long skirt. The figure is inscribed on the right shoulder, the back pillar, the front, sides and upper front surface of the base, and on the sides of the mass of stone which connects the sistrum and chest. There is some red pigment preserved in the hieroglyphs on the front of the base. The figure bears the cartouche of Tuthmosis IV. Condition: The head, except for the parts of the wig, neck and beard, is missing. Large chips in the front, right side and rear of base. The left arm, left foot and left side of the base are mostly chipped away: the back pillar is only partially preserved. There are smaller chips in many places, and there is dried mud on much of the surface.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (79%)
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