Dyad of Horemheb and his Wife
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Date: New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1333-1323 BC
Material: Limestone
Provenance: Saqqara, Tomb of Horemheb
Excavated: Found in the late 1970s by the Anglo-Dutch mission to Saqqara

Status: Current location unknown

Tutankhamun's commander-in-chief, Horemheb, who later became pharaoh, was eventually buried in the Valley of the Kings. However, he had earlier built a tomb at Saqqara, and his wife Mutnodjmet was buried there. In 1975, the Anglo-Dutch team working at Saqqara re-discovered this tomb, which had been looted by tomb robbers in the early 19th century.

During their clearance of the tomb's central offering chapel, the archaeologists found a beautiful pair statue of Horemheb and his wife (probably his first wife, Amenia). The head of Horemheb was missing at the time of discovery, but his wife's figure was complete. Sometime after its discovery, thieves sawed off and stole her head and upper torso. The remainder of the statue is now on display in the Luxor Museum of Egyptian Art.


The dyad as it looked when it was excavated (from Martin, The Hidden Tombs of Memphis)

The statue as it appears today (Luxor Museum)