The standing statue of Sebek em hat can be identified as a leader of a group of priests in the temple of a deified king at Heliopolis (near Cairo).
Maker Egyptian
  • A Priest, Sebek-em-hat
Date ca. 1780 BCE
Medium Polychromed limestone
Dimensions Overall: 19 × 6 1/2 × 10 1/4 inches (48.3 × 16.5 × 26 cm)
Overall (base): 1 3/8 × 5 × 8 7/8 inches (3.5 × 12.7 × 22.5 cm)
Overall (loose element): 1 1/4 × 6 1/2 × 1 1/8 inches (3.2 × 16.5 × 2.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Sarah Bacon Hill Fund
Accession Number 51.276
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View Egyptian: To Preserve and Protect, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, back pillar: [translated: A boon which the king gives to Anubis, Lord of Hen, that he may give a goodly burial to the Ka of the Phyle-Leader, Sebek-em-hat, begotten of Sebek-em-hat, born of Sit-hat-hor, the justified.]

Inscribed, on base: [translated: A boon which the king gives to Ra-Atum, Lord of Heliopolis, and to Osiris, Lord of Busiris, the Great God, Lord of Abydos, that he may give an invocation consisting of bread and beer.]

Inscribed, detached base: [translated: to the Ka of the Phyle Leader in the temple of Kha-kheper-Ra (Senusret II) in Heliopolis]
(William E. Mansour);
1951-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
5000 Years of Egyptian Art and Civilization. Exh. brochure, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Dallas, March 5-26, 1950, (ill.).

Bulletin of the DIA 31, no. 3/4 (1951-52): p. 60, (ill.).

Vandier, J. Manuel d'Archéologie Égyptienne, vol. 3, pt. 1. Éditions A. et J. Picard et Cie: Paris, 1958, p. 227, no. 5.

Treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts. 1960, p. 17, (ill.); 1963, p. 17, (ill.); 1966, p. 20, (ill.).

Peck, William H. "The Present State of Egyptian Art in Detroit," Connoisseur (December 1970): p. 269, (ill.), p. 266.

The Detroit Institute of Arts Illustrated Handbook. 1971, pp. 26-27, (ill.).

Simpson, William Kelly. "A Statuette of a Devotee of Seth," Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, vol. 62. 1976, pp. 41-44, pl. VIII, VIIIA.

Selected Works from the Detroit Institute of Arts. 1979, p. 37, (ill.).

Peck, William H. "Egyptian Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts," American
Research Center in Egypt Newsletter, no. 122 (Summer 1983): p. 5, (ill.).

Peck, William H. "Egypt at the Detroit Institute of Arts: A History of the Growth of the Collection," and "Statue of the Priest Sebekemhet in the Detroit Institute of Arts," KMT, vol. 2, no. 3 (Fall 1991): pp. 1, 16, 20-21, 68, (ill.).