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Rare Ancient Faience Plaque for the High Priest Nebwenenef


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Rare Ancient Faience Plaque for the High Priest Nebwenenef

Very rare blue faience plaque, inscribed with the name of
“Nebwenenef (Nebwennef), First Prophet of Amen“.
Petrie excavated 1909 the foundation deposit of the Temple of Nebwenenef in Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh And el-Qurna, among other things there were five of these plaques and four were pictured in the book, Qurneh by Petrie, Flinders, p. 14, pl. XXXIII (see last picture).

Nebwenenef was High Priest of Amun at the beginning of the reign of Ramesses II during the 19th Dynasty. Prior to that, Nebwenenef had served as High Priest of Anhur and High Priest of Hathor during the reign of Seti I and possibly even earlier. The importance of the person is clear from his high title, but also from the fact, that Nebwenenef had his own mortuary temple in Thebes West.

For similar plaques see:
- Petrie Museum UC15999
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 09.183.8i (on view at Gallery 122)
- Petrie, Flinders. Qurneh. p. 14, pl. XXXIII (see last picture)
- Bell, Monuments of the Ramesside High Priests of Amun & some related officials. p. 421

Date: Egypt, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1279 – 1213 B.C.
Material: Faience
Size: ca. 2 cm
Condition: intact
Provenance: bought from the former owner while he was based in Egypt during WW2 from a dealer in Cairo called: "Sheik Hamad Ibrahi, Antiquities, Dealer Mena House, Pyramides-Cairo“

The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.
This item is accompanied with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.