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Description: Tomb statue of Maya, the Tutankhamen's Minister of Finance and Public Works. Collection Ancient Egypt.
Limestone, Provenance: Maya's tomb, Sakkara (Saqqara), Egypt, ca. 1325-1210 B.C. (18th dynasty)
Under the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun, power is actually vested in the hands of two experienced civil servants. Treasurer maya is responsible for home affairs, while General Horemheb is in charge of foreign policy. Both high-ranking civil servants have a tomb constructed in the desert near Saqqara. These tombs are searched by collectors of art around 1825. The reliefs of Horemheb and funerary statues of Maya and his wife Meryt find their way via the art market to Leiden. In 1975, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden commences its own excavations in the Saqqara cemetery. By now both the tomb of Maya and that of Horemheb have been found again, so that we know much more about these art treasures today.
Source of information: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (RMO), Leiden, Netherlands
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