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Amenemhat, Overseer Of The Antechamber Of The Store Of Fruits<br>Min, Fertility God<br>Beb, Prince, obelisk dedicated to Amenemhat


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Title obelisk dedicated to Amenemhat
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Artist Amenemhat, Overseer Of The Antechamber Of The Store Of Fruits
Min, Fertility God
Beb, Prince
Date 1756 - 1630 BCE
Description Limestone obelisk dedicated to Amenemhat, Overseer of the Antechamber of the Store of Fruits. There are inscriptions on all four sides of the obelisk, quite roughly carved into the limestone.
On the front of the obelisk is the figure of a man facing to the right, wearing a long kilt and wesekh collar. Below the figure are 14 rows of hieroglyphs.
On the left side of the obelisk is the figure of a man facing to the left, wearing a long kilt and wesekh collar. Below the figure are 12 rows of hieroglyphs.
On the back is a scene depicting two men, the King's son Beb and Amenemhat. Beb is seated facing to the right, holding a lotus flower in his left hand. He is wearing a short pleated shendyt kilt and wesekh collar. Amenemhat stands before him, facing to the left with his right hand raised and holding a censer in his left hand. He is wearing a long kilt and wesekh collar. The name Amenemhat is inscribed above the scene in one row of hieroglyphs; below the scene are 22 rows of hieroglyphs.
On the right side of the obelisk is the figure of the god Min facing to the right. Min is depicted as an ithyphallic mummiform man with a beard and short hair. He wears a headdress of two tall feathers and holds a flail high in his right hand. Below the figure are 13 rows of hieroglyphs inscribed in dedication to the god Min.
Description Source Birch, S. 1880. Catalogue of the Collection of Egyptian Antiquities at Alnwick Castle, London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor, p. 324-326
Cultural Context Egyptian
Id Number Former Accession N1984
Inscription Egyptian, hieroglyphic, carved on front
Egyptian, hieroglyphic, carved on left
Egyptian, hieroglyphic, carved on back
Egyptian, hieroglyphic, carved on right
Location Creation Site Misr
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject architecture, architectural element, obelisk, votive, god, inscription, funerary
Measurements 11.1 x 77.5 x 10.6 cm
Context Most obelisks are set up by kings and are much larger than this example; obelisks dedicated by private individuals are rare.
Relation References Bourriau, J. 1988. Pharaohs and mortals: Egyptian art in the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 66-67

Budge, E. W. 1926. Cleopatra’s Needles and other Egyptian Obelisks. London: The Religious Tract Society, p.260-267

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Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period 2nd Intermediate Period, 13th Dynasty
Work Type sculpture
 
 
 

 

 

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