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Pair statue in fine yellow sandstone of a Chief of the Medjai (police) and his wife seated side by side, wearing long pleated robes, collars and heavy wigs, excavated by A.H. Rhind: Ancient Egyptian, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, beginning of the 19th Dynasty, c.1323-1279 BC

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name


Production information

Egypt, Northern Africa


19th Dynasty, New Kingdom, Ancient Egyptian

Style / Culture

Ancient Egyptian



Collection place(s)

Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Thebes, Upper Egypt, Egypt, Northern Africa


Excavator: Rhind, Alexander Henry, 1833 - 1863


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Rhind, A. H. 1862. Thebes: Its Tombs and Their Tenants..., p. 90‒1; pl. 4.

Murray, M. A. 1900. Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the National Museum of Antiquities Edinburgh, p. 24‒5, 54.

Vandier, J. 1958. Manuel d'Archaeologie Egyptienne III: Les Grandes Epoques. La Statuaire, p. 668

Hema, Rehab Assem. 2005. Group Statues of Private Individuals in the New Kingdom, BAR International Series 1413, Vol. 1, pp. 262-3, 383-8, Vol. 2, pp. 257-8, pl. 121.

Comic-strip by Mohammed Nasser and Heba Abd el Gawad, ‘The Chief of Luxor’s Police and Wife in Isolation’, 3 April 2020:

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