Black steatite dyad of the king Amenophis I standing beside his mother the queen Ahmose Nefertiry. The statuette is incomplete; the head of Amenophis I and other parts are missing.
Amenophis I is standing with his left foot to the front and his right arm held across his upper body with the heqa sceptre grasped in his right hand. His left arm is pendent. He wears a wesekh collar, a short pleated kilt with apron from his navel to his knees, bracelets on both wrists and sandals on his feet.
Ahmose Nefertiry stands to the side and slightly behind the figure of Amenophis I, with her left foot to the front and her left arm held across her upper body with the stem of a flower held in her left hand. Her right hand is held in the left hand of Amenophis I. She wears a vulture headdress, partially covering her hair which falls in curls to her chest; the uraeus and the vulture are both symbols of royal protection. She wears a long, close-fitting wrap-around dress and sandals.
Down the back pillar on the reverse of the statuette, there are two columns of hieroglyphs facing inwards, to the right and the left.
Circa 1300 BCE.
Relational references:Rice, M. 1999. Who's Who in Ancient Egypt. London: Routledge, p. 4-5 Vandersleyen, C. 1983. An Egyptian Figure Restored. Arts of Asia, 1983, vol. 13, no. 6, p. 80-81 Vogelsang-Eastwood, G. 1993. Pharaonic Egyptian clothing. Leiden: Brill.
Notes:The plaster cast of the king's head is made from the original, now in a private collection in Belgium. The head was purchased in 1974 but the main part of the statuette was in the Northumberland Collection in 1880 and was probably purchased in Egypt before the middle of the 19th century CE.
|Type of object:||statuette|
|Type category:||Sculpture in the round|
|Date range:||1525 - 1504 BCE|
|Current accession number:||-|
|Former accession number:||N495|
|Record date:||Tue, 9th Oct 2001|
|Copyright:||Copyright© by the Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved|