About this object

Pink granite sculpture of Ramesses II wearing false beard and a headdress with uraeus. The cartouche next to his face spells out his throne name: Usermaatra Setepenra (‘The justice of Ra is powerful, Chosen of Re’). The sculpture was broken up about 300 years later by King Osorkon II of Dynasty 22 (about 945 - 715 BC) to build a temple of his own to celebrate his heb-sed festival. The object was damaged in the fire that destroyed the museum in 1941 and the later decoration of Osorkon II is now not so clear as in the 1892 publication or the sketch made by Professor Peet on the catalogue record sheet.

It was given as a donation by the Egypt Exploration Fund, chosen by Miss Amelia Edwards on 15 March 1889 whilst she was staying in Liverpool overseeing the shipment of artefacts from Bubastis from Alexandria to Liverpool and then on to Boston. Along with many others it was exhibited in an open-air exhibition at Huskisson Dock in 1889. We have letters from Miss Edwards about her visit and a newspaper cutting "Arrival of Egyptian Antiquities in Liverpool" from the Liverpool Daily Post, 15 March 1889.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Bubastis
  • Date made
    1279 BC - 1213 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Ramesses II) about
  • Materials
    Granite
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1889
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Bubastis
  • Date collected
    1889
  • Measurements
    800 mm x 1180 mm x 690 mm x 829 kg
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Henri Édouard Naville (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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Publications

  • Bubastis (1887-1889)

    Naville, Edouard

    Author: Naville, Edouard
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1891
    Description: Edouard Naville's publication of fieldwork he directed for the Egypt Exploration Fund at Tell Basta (ancient Per-Bastet, Bubastis) between 1887 and 1889.

  • Egyptian Antiquities in the Liverpool Museum: a List of the Provenanced Objects

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: Aris and Phillips Ltd
    Date: 1986
    Description:

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • The Festival-Hall of Osorkon II in the Great Temple of Bubastis (1887-9)

    Naville, Edouard

    Author: Naville, Edouard
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1891
    Description: Edouard Naville's publication of fieldwork he directed for the Egypt Exploration Fund at Tell Basta (ancient Per-Bastet, Bubastis) between 1887 and 1889.

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Bubastis, 1887-1889

    Start date: 1887
    End date: 1887
    Description: Edouard Naville's excavations in 1887 - 1889 for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum did not provide financial sponsorship for the excavations but received a granite head of Ramesses II (21.3.89.1) as a gift from Amelia Edwards (secretary of the EEF) in 1889 when she was in Liverpool to supervise the arrival of excavated finds coming by ship into the port of Liverpool.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: 1889
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1889-03-21
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henri Édouard Naville

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1889
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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