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Small But Beautiful—The Block Statue Of Khaemwaset

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The figure of Khaemwaset is one of several small-sized statues, which became popular during the reign of Amenhotep III, and were placed in the temples. As there are no other records of the figure, the dating is based on typological and stylistical elements. In the case of the statue of Khaemwaset, it is most likely that it was placed on an offering construction. It is possible that for Khaemwaset, who was a member of the building authorities, as eminent a figure as Amenhotep, son of Hapu, had granted the permission and perhaps also made the donation. This small monument is the only documented example of this official, who wanted to participate in the daily rituals in the presence of the god, and secure divine support in this world and the afterlife. The statue is small, but not to such an extent that it might.

Keywords: Amenhotep; block statue; Khaemwaset



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