King Ramesses III was the son and successor of Setnakhte, the founder of the 20th Dynasty. The statue portrays him as a high priest, holding a long standard decorated at the top with a ram’s head, emblem of the god Amun-Re.
Depicting himself as a high priest allowed Ramesses III to symbolically attend all ceremonies in every temple. Engraving his images on the walls and installing his statues in the temples magically ensured his presence. This grey granite statue was found in Karnak in the temple of Amun-Re.
Grey granite, from Karnak Cachette. New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses III, ca. 1186-1155 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 38682