About this object

Limestone statue base from the reign of King Amenmessu (1203 BC - 1200 BC). Around the four sides of the block ran a symmetrical horizontal text, twice giving Amenmesse's names and titles, the signs filled with blue pigment. A further set of titles and cartouches were carved into the top surface of the object, in front of the statue-depression. The object was apparently found in Luxor Temple. It was described by August Eisenlohr, who noted the two prenomen erasures, but made no other comment, apparently believing both to have originally held the name of Amenmesse. However, in 1905, Petrie noted that the piece 'was orginally inscribed for Sety II across the front', a verdict shared by W. Bryan Emery. Neither published a copy of the palimpsest cartouches, but one exists on the Museum's record card, drawn by Percy Newberry and Eric Peet. The statue base was destroyed in the Second World War.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1203 BC - 1200 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 660 mm x 1030 mm
  • Note
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Collector)

Explore related


  • Amenmesse in Kent, Liverpool and Thebes, in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 81 (1995) pp. 115-128

    Dodson, Aidan

    Author: Dodson, Aidan
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1995

  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: 83 page illustrated catalogue of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Joseph Sams or Lord Valentia collections. The woodcut illustrations were produced by the noted Victorian illustrator and engraver, Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 catalogue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text. Much of this information was provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Poisoned Legacy. The Decline and fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty

    Dodson, Aidan

    Author: Dodson, Aidan
    Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
    Date: 2010


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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