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Gebu, Master of the Royal Treasury

Unknown artist-1697

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen V, Denmark

The old Treasury Master Gebu sits with his hands in an attitude of prayer. An inscription explains that he desires “bread, beer, beef, poultry, clothing, ointment, cool water, incense, oil – everything good and pure on which the god lives – and the sweet breath of life’. The statue comes from the Temple of Karnak, and the prayer is addressed to Amun, the god to which the temple was dedicated.

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