This statue fragment portrays Khaemwaset, son of Ramesses II and Isisnefret, who was the high priest of Ptah at Memphis. He is often called the 'first archaeologist', and he restored a number of ancient tombs at Memphis and also constructed the Serapeum. He became especially important in the Graeco-Roman Period, and two demotic stories depict him as a master magician. The Brussels statue shows the prince standing, wearing an archaising wig and a false beard. He holds in his hands an indeterminate cult object. Two identical vertical columns of text on the back pillar tell us that the prince was here shown as the god Horus Iunmutef.
|KMKG - MRAH [07/003] BRUSSELS
|SAQQARA NECROPOLIS ?
|HEWN; POLISHED; ENGRAVED; SCULPTURED