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Figure of Ma, High Priest of Hieraconpolis

XXth Dynasty (Margaret Murray), XXVth or XXVIth Dynasty (D.Förster)

Black steatite

Height: 17cm

Museum number: SC8

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 30help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

A figure of Ma, high priest of Hieraconpolis, wearing a knee-length skirt (plain, archaic), and a leopard-skin thrown over the left shoulder.

Inscription down the front: first word obliterated.
At side of support at back: 'Ma'.
Down the support: The overseer of the prophets [literally: servants of God] of the Falcon of Hieraconpolis, Ma [literally: 'He who sees'. This is the name of the man himself]
May be given things all
Good and pure to the . . . of God.

Complete interpretation: 'The overseer of the prophets of the Falcon of Hierakonpolis Ma. May there be given all things good and pure to the prophet'

Provenance help-art-provenance

Purchased from the collection of Belzoni in 1825.

Literature

D. Förster, A late period statue of an Overseer of Priests of Horus of Hierakoupolis, Göttinger Miszellen, Beiträge zur ägyptologischen Diskussion, Göttingen 1989, III, pp. 47-56, pl. I-III.


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