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Archeological Object

Statue of Amenemhat III


Statue of Amenemhat III

The statue depicts the pharaoh seated with a table of offerings on his knees. There is a twin statue that remained in Egypt. The many fractures appear intentional: in fact the absence of the nose and mouth are often linked to forms of superstition according to which the statue is considered "alive". Do not forget that the verb used to say "carve" in ancient Egyptian is "giving birth" and that when the name of the person was written with the purpose to evoke the spirit,  the ritual was made of the 'opening of the mouth "with which symbolically gave the statue the ability to breathe, talk and eat. No wonder that the damage perpetrated intentionally has deprived the statue of arms, legs, mouth and nose, so as to reduce it to immobility and silence. The statue of Milan is part of the sculptural features of the Middle Kingdom: the face of the sovereign that the political propaganda of the period wanted to commit to the welfare of his people is marked by dark circles under the eyes and pronounced ears to indicate the attention given to listening to his people. To dispel any doubt the inscriptions involved on the belt and the sides of the legs with the official titling reported the two names of the king, "the great god, king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Amenemhat (Amon is the leader)" the proper name, and that of the
coronation of "the great god, the son of En-Ra-Ra Maat (One who belongs to the justice of Ra). There is accurate working both of the shendit, the pleated skirt, and the  nemes, the distinctive striped handkerchief folded to form two triangles on either side of the face and gathered into a tail behind the head. The side walls of the throne are decorated with the symbol of the union, a reed intertwined with  a papyrus.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.40001
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Excavations by A. Vogliano (Royal University of Milan) II and III excavations 1936
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

From Medinet Madi, the temple of Iside-Thermutis, in a pile of debris that blocked the entrance to the shrine.

Object
  Definizione: statue
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Statue of Amenemhat III

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Middle Kingdom
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Height: 150
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1938, Vogliano A.,“Rapporto preliminare della IV Campagna, in “Annales de Services des Antiquités de l’Egypte” XXXVIII, le Caire

1938, Vogliano A.,“Mostra delle Antichità rinvenute nelle campagne d’Egitto condotte dalla Missione Archeologica della Regia Università di Milano 1934-1937, Milano, p.12 1979, Lise G., “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano, p.28 (cat.80),tav. 109-110

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