Saturday, December 3, 2011

More On Substitution Portraits

The Theban tomb of Sennedjem was found intact and contained the man, his wife, and some of their relatives.  Their coffins were beautifully decorated, even though the mummies of Sennedjem and spouse, Iyneferti, were discovered to be switched.  Nevertheless, that Sennedjem's outer coffin was made in the long reign of Ramesses II is rather obvious from the coffin's face--not that of Sennedjem but that of the sovereign.  Just like the face of the actual mummy of Ramesses the Great, the right eye is somewhat smaller than the left. 

However, the most realistic portrait of Ramesses II I have ever seen is below:

The detail is not very good in this scanned image but a haughtier portrait is difficult to imagine.  Note that the right eye is, once again, smaller than the left and there is the big, puffy chin under the smallish mouth of what is supposed to be a portrait of the scribe, May.  I cannot recall where the statue resides.


Anonymous said...

To me the right eye of Ramses` Statue seems to be not smaller but considerably higher than the left one.
As this has not been observed in his mummy AFAIK it could simply be a sculptor`s mistake.

Marianne Luban said...

Neither are statues of Ramesses II. The eye does seem to be higher on the statue of May, but that's probably just the angle of the [bad] photograph. An otherwise excellent sculptor would not make such a mistake. It's definitely the face of Ramesses that he carved.