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Archeological Object

Fragment of a statue of a naophorous


Fragment of a statue of a naophorous

The base of a statue representing a naophorous, of which remain the feet and the bottom of the pillar. The statue was represented in standing position, with the left leg forward in the act of walking and has a  back pillar. Thanks to the remaining inscriptions it is possible to identify that  the  portrayed man was Padihor, the priest of Sais and the son of  Tutu. The inscription on the base has two offering formulas arranged symmetrically; the first formula should be read starting from the centre of the front side and continuing to the right of the observer and ends in the middle of the back. This formula reads:
"Make offerings on behalf of the king to Osiris, who is the head of the Hut-Biti sanctuary; give him offerings of bread, beer, oxen, ducks and everything nice in the house of the lord, on his table, for the ka of the privileged near him, the palace administrator, the priest of Osiris, god of the noble room. The priest who made the purification for Neith, Padihor, the son of the priest Tutu, who has the post of lord of the house of the clothes for the dressing of the children of the sun. "
The Hut-biti word  was the name of the sanctuary of Osiris, near Sais.
The other inscription is more fragmented: "make offerings on behalf of the king to Neith, the great mother (....) for the Ka of the privileged near him, the palace administrator, the priest of Osiris, god of the noble room (..)."  The inscriptions on the back pillar and the small pillar on the front, which was placed under the naos, are very fragmentary.The few remaining elements suggest a dating to the Saitic period, especially the mention of Neith and the graphic arrangement of the text. It’s possible to find comparisons with the statue of Ugiaherresennet, preserved in the Vatican Museums. This fragment is joined to a piece of the British Museum (n.178).

 

 

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv.189
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Unknown

Object
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Fragment of a statue of a naophorous

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Saitic period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Basalt
  Height: 11,5
  Width: 13
  Varie: Conservation status: in some parts there is surface chipping that also affects the inscription, not always readable.
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1951, Botti-Romanelli, “Le sculture del Museo Gregoriano Egizio”, Città del Vaticano, p. 40, tav. XXVII e sg.

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, pp. 44-45

1985, Pernotti S., “Saitica,II”, in EVO 8, pp. 10-18

1987, De Meulenaere H., “E pluribus una”, in BIFAO 87, pp. 135-140, tavv. XXI-XXII