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Relief of Prince Khaemwaset

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Prince Khaemwaset, the fourth son of Ramesses II, showed a greater inclination for religious and intellectual pursuits than for the military adventures of his father. He built at least one tomb for himself, laid out and elaborately decorated in the underground burial vaults of the Apis bull, the animal sacred to the Memphite god Ptah. In this relief, which mayor may not come from that tomb, he is depicted bearing a libation vessel and sporting the sidelock of a sem-priest, a functionary of Ptah.

MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 1279–1213 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 19
PERIOD New Kingdom, Ramesside Period
DIMENSIONS 12 13/16 x 12 9/16 x 2 in. (32.6 x 31.9 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1937, acquired by Louis Herse of Alexandria, Egypt; 1937, purchased from Louis Herse by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Relief of Prince Khaemwaset, ca. 1279–1213 B.C.E. Limestone, 12 13/16 x 12 9/16 x 2 in. (32.6 x 31.9 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.513. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.513_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.513_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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