Egyptian published faience statuette or ushabti of the queen and priestess Amenirdis I.
25th Dynasty, approx. 700 B.C.
Amenirdis I (Khaneferumut) was a god's wife of Amun in ancient Egypt.
She was a Kushite princess, the daughter of pharaoh Kashta and queen Pebatjma. She is likely to have been the sister of pharaohs Shabaka and Piye. Kashta arranged to have Amenirdis I adopted by the Divine Adoratrice of Amun, Shepenupet I, at Thebes as her successor. This shows that Kashta already controlled Upper Egypt prior to the reign of Piye, his successor.
She ruled as high priestess approximately between 714 and 700 BCE, under the reigns of Shabaka and Shabataka, and she adopted Piye's daughter Shepenupet II as her successor. Upon her death, she was buried in a tomb in the grounds of Medinet-Habu.
The figure depicts her in the clothes of the living and holding the floral sceptre of queens tightly against her breast. A simple tight fitting garment sheathes her body.
The rear with cartouche engraved along the supporting pillar.
The lower base with cartouche displayed horizontally.
Only two ushabtis of this style and made out of faience are known so far!
Provenance: James George Judd, 1940. Bought by J.G. Judd in Egypt when he was stationed there as an US Flight Officer.
Height: 14.8 cm (approx. 6”)
Condition: Old nearly invisible restoration at a break in the middle.
Origin / grave: Medinet-Habu
Titles: High priestess (714 B.C.), queen and second wife of pharaoh Piye
Published in: “Hausgrabungen Volume 2. by Prof. Dr. D. Kurth - Egyptologist”
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- Statuette en faïence publiée égyptienne de la reine et de la prêtresse Amenirdis I. ---
- Nombre d’objets
- Siècle/ Période
- 714 B.C.