Pair Statue of Djehuty-em-hab and Iay Artist: UnknownEgyptian

1200–1085 B.C.

Ancient Art

On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art

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.


Red sandstone with black pigment


48 × 28.5 × 21 cm (18 7/8 × 11 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Ludlow Bull, B.A. 1907, and the Associates in Fine Arts

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Dynasty 20


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Spink and Son, Ltd., London, 1940. This object was here on loan furing WWII, 5.1940.
  • 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.
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 258, ill.
  • 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.
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