Statue of Ahmose, called Patjenna

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tuthmosis III
1479–1425 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt, possibly Karnak

Dimensions

Overall: 38 x 28 x 19 cm, 24 kg (14 15/16 x 11 x 7 1/2 in., 53 lb.)

Accession Number

1972.359

Medium or Technique

Granodiorite

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Upper part of a male figure, originally part of a seated pair statue of an official and his wife. Preserved fragments of the chair identify the figure as “…mose, who is called Patjenna.” In all likelihood, the person referred to is Ahmose Patjenna, a scribe in the great Amun temple at Karnak and son of Ahmose Turo, the viceroy of Nubia.

The official is depicted with a round face and a double wig that covers the upper part of the ears and falls behind the shoulders. The eyes are large, with a downward cosmetic line, and the eyebrows curve inward. The lips are sensitively modeled. Ahmose’s left arm is flexed at the elbow and positioned across the chest. He holds a folded handkerchief in his hand.

Provenance

By 1972: with Nicolaos Koutelakis, Geneva; purchased by the MFA from Mr. Koutelakis May 10, 1972.

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund