Description "Block" statues-in the form of a man, squatting with arms crossed above his knees-were placed by their donors in temples since the time of the Middle Kingdom. Through his block statue, the donor anticipated participating continuously in the daily rituals and receiving the blessings that flowed from this presence. The cubic mass provided an extensive surface for inscriptions. This statue of Sheshonq, a priest of the god Amen-Re, is inscribed with a prayer to the "king of the gods," Amen, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu. The three are depicted on the front of the statue with Sheshonq, who kneels before them in adoration.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Kenna]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909
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