This statue of Ramesses VI, the fifth pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty from Ancient Egypt, stands approximately 1.5 meters tall. Made from a large block of black granite, the piece is a prime example of the high-quality craftsmanship during the Ramesside period.

The statue showcases Ramesses VI in standard royal dress, creating a commanding figure. Features include a nemes headcloth adorned with a uraeus, or serpent emblem, draped around the shoulders, symbolizing divine status. A royal false beard, fastened to the chin, emphasizes the pharaoh’s supposed connection to deities.

The statue’s facial expression, with semi-closed eyes, connotes a feel of solemn authority. The anatomical portrayal, emphasizing power and form over realism, aligns with New Kingdom artistic style.

A detailed shendyt kilt decorates the torso, and the hands, placed over the chest, hold a symbolic flail and crook, representing a unified Egypt and alluding to Ramesses VI's role within his kingdom. Hieroglyphic inscriptions on the belt and pedestal provide historical context of the pharaoh’s reign, detailing his accomplishments, titles, and birth and throne names.

Ramesses VI's reign (c. 1145 to 1137 BC) saw tumultuous political and economic times. Despite these challenges, the statue's quality indicates the persistence of Egypt's artistic tradition.

Luxor Museum
Tomb of Ramesses V/VI