Statuette of a kneeling man with a stele.
Egyptian, 18th Dynasty, 1550 BC-1295 BC
Painted limestone. 27,4 cm
Inventory number: H354
The statuette represents a kneeling man with his face slightly raised. With his hands he is supporting a stele resting on his thigh. On the stele an inscription can be seen expressing homage to the sun god Ra. The reverse of the sculpture bears a formula telling of a sacrifice to the gods Amon-Ra and Osiris. During the 18th dynasty (c. 1550-1300 BC), the stele bearer developed into a popular type of sculpture in Egypt. By means of the inscription on the stele it was possible to signal an affiliation with a specific god. The position of the figure’s hands with up-turned palms is interpreted as a gesture of prayer. This position is also known from reliefs and wall paintings, where worshippers hold their hands up in this manner in order to shield themselves from the brilliance, they believed emanated from the god.