The left hand column reads: The prince and pasha, father of the god, beloved of god, mouth of Nekhen, prophet of Maat, the prefect and vizier, Paser, true of voice
The right hand column reads: The prince and pasha, father of the god, beloved of god, initiates the secret of the eternal horizon, the prefect and vizier, Paser, true of voice
The front of the stele reads: 1) To worship Ra-horakhty when he rises in the eastern horizon of the sky, by 2) Osiris, prefect and vizier Paser, true of voice. He says “Hello to you 3) the god of the horizon at his rising, who was born every day, alive, who was originally 4) of all that is, god of the first times, father of the gods; you who illuminate the country of the rays 5) of your body, be divine in your aspect of all- powerful inhabitant of heaven. 6) Thou wilt that I go and come to the necr opolis every day, thou wilt that I see you when you get up, and I reconcile your benevolence when you lie on the horizon; that I’m going again 7) to the dwelling of the living, my heart being with me, without separating from me, for 8) all the duration of eternity. 9) For the ‘ka’ of vizier Paser, true of voice.
This statue probably comes from the Theban necropolis, more precisely from the tomb of vizier Paser, a contemporary of Ramesses II. The hieroglyphs, in their simple and quickly-executed style, are typical of the Ramesside Period. The hymn itself is part of an abundant series of short prayers that can be found on these stelephorous statues. The type is relatively uncommon, with the earliest examples dating from the New Kingdom.
ProvenanceExcavated from tomb 106 at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, some time prior to 1955
Morris Pinto, New York, USA, sold Sotheby’s, New York, USA, 1989
With Galerie Slim Bouchoucha, Paris, France; certificate dated 6th November 1998
Private collection, France
LiteratureCompare a stelephorous statue of Amenemheb at the British Museum, accession number EA22557 and one of Peh-su-ker in Cyril Aldred, New Kingdom Art in Ancient Egypt (London, 1951), fig.43
PublicationsSerge Sauneron, ‘Une statue de vizier Pasar adorant Rehorakhty’, Bulletin of the French Institute of Oriental Archeology (Cairo, 1955), p.149-152, pl.I-II, there is a full description as well as images of the lower half of the offerant, still attached to the stele he supports
Sotheby’s, New York, Antiquities and Islamic Art, 23rd June 1989, lot 43