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Base with Two Prostrate Figures

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Two provincial governors are shown prostrate before a higher authority. A third governor was once between them, but both his figure and his name have been removed. This unique sculpture must have been combined with the statue of a god or king. It is possible that the work was once part of a larger group that may have shown all the provincial governors of Upper and Lower Egypt. The removal of the middle figure may either have been a "damnatio memoriae" to destroy the commemoration of the depicted person, or to replace his image by the figure of another person.
Date Description Narrative
4/25/2002Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • I Faraoni (The Pharaohs). Palazzo Grassi, Venice. 2002-2003.
  • Senusret III. The conquering Pharaoh. Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille. 2014-2015.
  • Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2015-2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription, Translation, proper left and proper right] The hatj-a (governor or nomarch, mayor] Hat-ankh, born of Sat-wsret. The hatj-a Nakht the Elder, born of Maket. [From Schulz and Seidel, 'Egyptian Art: The Walters Art Museum,' 2009, p. 42]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1880 BCE (Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty)
carved and incised red quartzite
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H: 10 13/16 x W: 11 x D: 4 5/16 in. (27.5 x 28 x 11 cm)


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