Naophorous Block Statue of a Governor of Sais, Psamtik[seneb]
Late Period, Saite
From Italy, Southern Europe, Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa
H. 30.5 cm (12 in)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1982
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
This statue represents a governor of the Saite nome (district) in the western Nile Delta, and was intended for a temple in Sais, its capital city. The temple, called the "House of the Bee," was dedicated to Osiris, who is represented standing in a shrine on the front of the statue.
Barberini Collection, 16th century-1930s; Tozzi Collection, New York, before 1950; [Phyllis A. Goldman Fine Arts, New York]