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Pair Statue of Djehuty-em-hab and Iay

1200–1085 B.C.

Red sandstone with black pigment

48 × 28.5 × 21 cm (18 7/8 × 11 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.)
Gift of Ludlow Bull, B.A. 1907, and the Associates in Fine Arts
1947.81
This Egyptian statue shows a husband and wife, Djehuty-em-hab and Iay, seated together on a double chair. Djehuty-em-hab, named in the inscription as a general of Pharaoh’s army, wears a full wig and sits with his hands on his lap. His wife, Iay, named as chantress of the god Wepwawet, sits next to her husband, her left arm around his shoulder, her right arm in front of her, holding a ritual rattle. Pair statues like this were very popular in the New Kingdom, and a similar scheme was used for gods, the royal family, and private couples. Like the pair statue of Ikhui and Bebi (ILE1979.17.2), this statue would have been placed in the couple’s tomb to show the continuity of their marriage into the afterlife.
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Egyptian
Period: 
Dynasty 20
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Spink and Son, Ltd., London, 1940. This object was here on loan furing WWII, 5.1940.

Bibliography: 

Gerry D. Scott, III, Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, 1st (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 78, 128–31, no. 73, fig. 73a.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 258, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 112–13, fig. 106.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.