Child Ramses: this figuration of the great ruler of Egypt represents the king treated as a child, bare-chested, the hair braid that falls on the side of the shaved skull and that is the typical ornament of young princes, the heavy earring that seems to have been abandoned at puberty, and finally the finger to the mouth to imitate the attitude of the young god Horus.
In front of the figure, the coronation name of Ramses II clearly shows that it is the ruler already ascended to the throne. One wonders, therefore, whether we are not here in the presence of a new example on which one can rely and which would reinforce the declarations of this king who, on several occasions, affirmed that his father Sety I had made him reign at his side from the earliest childhood.
On the back: the god Ptah is represented in a light naos whose opening was made at eye level. It is the aspect of the divine that symbolizes the renewal of nature that brings forth all sap and all growth. He is called "Lord of cosmic equilibrium" (which is also the truth) and "Sovereign of the Two Lands" (Egypt).
This god of Memphis receives the veneration of a vizier of Ramses (perhaps Pasar) whose head and name have disappeared, but who wears the characteristic costume: the dress impregnated with his function.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 19 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 5 cm
Weight: 1.6 kg
Period: About 1290 BC, XIXth dynasty, New Empire
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum