Baket-Mut, Chantress of Amun

Limestone Height 74 cm (29.1 in.) Egypt, Late Dynasty 18 - early Dynasty 19, circa 1334-1274 BC

Limestone statue of Baket-Mut (Songstress of Amun) with her husband, whose name was intentionally destroyed in ancient times. Originally painted in vivid colors, this pair was sculpted during the New Kingdom shortly after the rule of Tutankhamen (the boy King Tut whose tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in the 1920´s). They were placed in a shrine-like setting where they may have been the object of a cult for surviving family members. Parts of Baket-Mut´s thighs and feet still show the wear from rubbing by worshippers. Her single inscription states Baket-Mut´s title, "Chantress of Amun," a cultic designation indicating she was one of the elite musician-priestesses who attended the great god Amun.

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Provenance
Ernst and Martha Kofler-Truninger Collection, Lucerne, Switzerland, acquired before 1965; acquired by Lucian Viola in the 1980s; Safani Gallery, New York, acquired 2001; Christie´s, London, May 14/15, 2002, lot 372; private collection, USA, 2002-present
Literature
Apollo Magazine, New York December 1985, fig. on 79; Spring/Summer Calendar, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta 2013, GA, cover; audiotape, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, 2014, discussion of Baket-Mut between Dr. Guy Largons and Dr. Peter Lacovara
Exhibited
New York, L´Ibis Gallery, Egypt B.C.: The Royal Styles, November 24, 1987-March 31, 1988; New York, Winter Antiques Show, 2003; Atlanta, GA, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, February 2012 – February 2016

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Safani Gallery Inc

"Ancient Art"

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