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Statue of a Vizier, Usurped by Pa-di-iset
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Statue of a Vizier, Usurped by Pa-di-iset

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Description A remarkable example of the re-use of a work of art, reflecting the course of Egypt's long history, this statue was originally carved to commemorate a powerful government official. A thousand years later the inscription naming this unknown man was erased, and a carved scene was added depicting its new owner, Pa-di-iset, son of Apy, worshipping the gods Osiris, Horus, and Isis. From a text on the rear of the statue we learn that Pa-di-iset was a diplomatic messenger to the neighboring lands of Canaan and Peleset (Palestine).
Date Description Narrative
Treatmentcleaned; coated; other
5/02/1984Treatmentrehoused; cleaned
5/02/1984Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] caption of the scene on the kilt: Ka of Osiris: Pa-di-iset, the justified, son of Apy. [Translation] on the back pillar: The only renowned one, the impartial envoy of Philistine Canaan, Pa-di-iset, son of Apy.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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ca. 1780-1700 BCE; Inscription and relief: ca. 900-850 BCE (Middle Kingdom, 13th dynasty & Third Intermediate Period, 22nd)
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12 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/2 in. (30.5 x 10.25 x 11.5 cm)


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