About this object

Limestone carved raised relief that represents King Tuthmose I, wearing the khat wig-cover and facing right; above his head is the bottom of his cartouche showing only the final "ka" sign. Outside the cartouche on the left is a circular hieroglyph without internal markings and the very end of a low broad sign. The area below the neck is of particular interest: it is clear that the king's arms were originally raised, in the act of offering before a god. The angle suggests he was offering conical loaves of bread (Gardnier Sign List X8) rather than a "nw" pot. There are traces of red pigment in the corner of the mouth, the nostril, the ear and within the lines of the arms.

This piece was probably taken from the end wall of the hall of the Anubis Chapel in the Middle Terrace at Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahari (PM II2, pp. 354-5). In Norwich Castle Museum there is another piece from the same collector, showing a queen wearing a vulture headress (no. 15.43).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Date made
    1473 BC - 1458 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Hatshepsut)
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    P E Wodehouse
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    360 mm x 350 mm x 120 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); P E Wodehouse ( Collector, previous owner)

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