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A Fragment From A Lost Monument Of Amenirdis I In The Gayer-Anderson Museum

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This chapter discusses a fragment from a lost monument of Amenirdis I in the collection of the Gayer-Anderson Museum in Cairo, which has been recently conserved. This unprovenanced fragment of sandstone relief is broken at the bottom, and either side has been cut off, leaving the scene incomplete, with the figure of Amenirdis vertically severed in half. The panel depicts Amenirdis and the god Amun-Re, facing each other in an embrace, with two vertical columns of text to the viewer's left. Although the original position of the Cairo piece is unknown, one can safely conclude that it is Theban in origin, either the Karnak complex or perhaps even from Medinet Habu. It may join up with other pieces in museums, magazines, or on a site. If these links are to be established, perhaps we will have a more complete picture of another monument of the god's wives of Amun.

Keywords: Amenirdis I; Amun-Re; Cairo; Gayer-Anderson Museum; lost monument; sandstone relief fragment



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