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Historical Reproduction: Triad of Menkaure Nome of Bat

Historical Reproduction: Triad of Menkaure Nome of Bat

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Antique: 1977

Handmade Limestone Reproduction - Museum Quality

Size : 16" Tall

The Third triad

Menkaure, here shown in one of the famous triads found in the lower temple by Reisner, stands between Hathor and a deity personifying one of the nomes of Egypt.

The king is represented standing in the middle with all signs of royalty; wearing the white crown if upper Egypt which is fitted closely around the ears, the false royal beard and the royal shendyt kilt.

He is represented with all the features of the 4th dynasty; full face, strong high cheek bones, big mouth and wide nostrils.

He is clenching his fist around an unknown object maybe a seal or a cylindrical object to show his muscles. He is represented with the features of youth and vigor. This can be seen perfectly in his chest muscles, arms, and legs.

On his right side stands goddess Hathor wearing her traditional tripartite or hathoric wig surmounted by the solar disk in between two cow horns.

She is wearing a tight fitting dress showing the details of her body. She is embracing the king with her left arm while holding the “shen” sign, sign if eternity in her right hand.

Her left leg is slightly stepping forward, which shows her elevated status as compared to the other deity who is represented with both feet together.

To his left side, there is a female deity representing the personification of the Bat nome (the 7thnome of Upper Egypt) known as Diospolis Parva nowadays Nagee Hamady immediately south of Abydos in Upper Egypt.

She is represented wearing a tripartite wig surmounted by the emblem of the 7thnome, which is the bovine face above the Isis knot (Tyt).

She is wearing a tight fitting dress showing the details of her body similar to the dress worn by Hathor.

She is holding the shen sign in her left hand. Her feet are represented together.
On the pedestal of the statue, there are some hieroglyphic inscriptions showing the name and title of the king and goddess Hathor as well as offering text, all carved in sunken relief.

The king’s name and titles of the king are in front of his feet, while the name and title of Hathor are in front of her feet and the offering text wishing the king to have every good thing from the nome is carved in front of the local goddess.


Museum reproduction

On display in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Period: Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaure
Menkaure Valley Temple (MVT / corridor III 4, W side)
Material: Greywacke
Dimensions: 95.5 x 61 x 38 cm
Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1909: assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Deaccessioned June 2, 1910 and returned to Egyptian Museum, Cairo, EMC_JE_46499)

Photos of the discovery


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