Wooden statue from the tomb of Ramesses IX


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This wooden statue, from the tomb of Ramesses IX (1126-1108 BC), is similar to the two guardian statues that stood either side of the entrance to the burial chamber of Tutankhamun (1336-1327 BC). Most of the other tombs in the Valley of the Kings also had similar statues, but most of these do not survive; time and tomb robbers have destroyed them.Like one of the statues from the tomb of Tutankhamun, this statue wears the nemes lappet wig. It can also be seen from this statue that it is made from separate pieces, notably the arms and the front of the kilt. It is also likely that gilding was placed over certain parts of the statue, but this was stripped off when the tomb was robbed.


  • Title: Wooden statue from the tomb of Ramesses IX
  • Date Created: -1140/-1140
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 139.70cm (max)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: .882
  • Place: Found/Acquired Tomb of Ramses II
  • Period/culture: 19th Dynasty
  • Material: wood; bitumen
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Salt, Henry. Collected by Belzoni, Giovanni Battista

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