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Statuette of Kery

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Ramesses II
Date:
ca. 1304–1237 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Medina probably
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 48 cm (18 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.114
  • Description

    The "great craftsman in the place-of-truth" Kery was one of the artists who decorated the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Here, he carries a standard crowned with the head of a falcon, presumably an image of “Horus, son of Isis . . . Lord of the desert,” who is addressed on the staff. In an inscription on the base, Kery wishes for “a good life combined with health, gladness, and rejoicing every day, my two eyes seeing, my two ears hearing, my mouth filled with truth.”

  • Provenance

    Purchased by the Museum from Nicolas Koutoulakis, Geneva, 1965.

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