Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. public. Learn more.

Statue of Shebenhor

A work made of basalt.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of basalt.

Date:

Late Period, Dynasty 26 (664-525 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian; Memphis (Egypt)

About this artwork

Shebenhor’s heavy, round “bag wig” was fashionable at the time this statue was carved. The splayed toes, broad shoulders, and exaggerated narrowness of the waist are also characteristic of Egyptian statues of this era. Statues of individuals were placed in temples to maintain a connection between the dedicator and the god. The statue was capable of eternally transferring the blessings of the god to the individual.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statue of Shebenhor

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BCE–525 BCE

Medium

Basalt

Inscriptions

Front: “A gift the king gives and that Osiris the Great gives [to] Bastet the Great, Mistress of Bubastis, that she might give offerings from Upper Egypt and provisions from Lower Egypt to the ka of the one revered before Atum, Lord of Kaheref, Shebenhor, justified, son of Hedeb-Hapi-ir-bin, born of Iachays-nakht.” Back: “A gift the king gives [to] Bastet the Great, Mistress of Bubastis, that she might give invocation offerings consisting of bread, beer, oxen, fowl, and every good thing to the ka of the one revered before Atum, Lord of Kaheref, Shebenhor, justified.”

Dimensions

28 × 13 × 16.3 cm (11 × 5 1/8 × 6 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George L. Otis

Reference Number

1924.754

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/13454/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share