Relief of Prince Khaemwaset
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Prince Khaemwaset, the fourth son of Ramesses II, showed a greater inclination for religious and intellectual pursuits than for the military adventures of his father. He built at least one tomb for himself, laid out and elaborately decorated in the underground burial vaults of the Apis bull, the animal sacred to the Memphite god Ptah. In this relief, which mayor may not come from that tomb, he is depicted bearing a libation vessel and sporting the sidelock of a sem-priest, a functionary of Ptah.
ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E.
New Kingdom, Ramesside Period
12 13/16 x 12 9/16 x 2 in. (32.6 x 31.9 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1937, acquired by Louis Herse of Alexandria, Egypt; 1937, purchased from Louis Herse by the Brooklyn Museum.
Relief of Prince Khaemwaset, ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E. Limestone, 12 13/16 x 12 9/16 x 2 in. (32.6 x 31.9 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.513. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.513_PS2.jpg)
overall, 37.513_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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