A replica of a statue of Roy, High Priest of Amun-Ra in Thebes, produced using a mould created with 3D printing technology.
This replica has been cast from a mould of a 3D print of an Egyptian sculpture of Roy, dated from the 19th Dynasty (c. 1220 Ė1200 BC), which can be seen in Gallery 4 of the Museum. You can see the 3D scan on Sketchfab here.
History meets cutting-edge technology
This replica is part of the British Museumís wider work with 3D technology, building on the AHRC funded MicroPasts project. This is the first time the British Museum has been able to use 3D technology to produce something to buy. This exciting use of technology means that this replica has been created faithfully with no damage to the original object, at a reduced size from the 113cm statue on display.
To create a replica, ThinkSee3D takes the British Museum Digital Teamís scans of artefacts on display in the Museumís galleries and produces 3D prints from which moulds are made. These moulds are then used for production of the replicas which are case using traditional techniques and finished British artists.
About the original
The original statue is from the temple of Mut, the wife of Amun-Ra, in Thebes. Roy, a well-known high priest of Amun-Ra, squats with his arms crossed on his knees. His long pleated robe was fashionable in the Ramesside Period. The text of the back pillar states that the statue was placed in the temple of Mut. Roy presents a large sistrum, a ritual rattle. This was linked to the cult of Hathor, whose cow- eared face it displays.
This attractive replica represents the fascinating meeting of modern technology with ancient art, and would make the perfect gift or addition to your home.