Region: Dendera Origin: Purchased in Egypt, 1919 Accession: OIM 10729 Period: Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties 22-23, ca. 945-715 B.C. Materials: Limestone, pigment
This stately sculpture represents a priest of Hathor named Basa, seated with his cloak drawn over his knees. The surface is covered with a record of the names and titles of 26 generations of Basa's paternal family. This lengthy inscription contains valuable information about how the priesthood was passed on in ancient Egypt through the generations. On the front of the statue, Basa is shown adoring the gods Osiris and Isis. A scene of him adoring Osiris appears on each side.