The King as Priest
In acknowledgment of his role as chief priest of all the gods, the king is depicted in this statuette kneeling in homage. The pose is common among royal images and is attested throughout ancient Egyptian history beginning in the Old Kingdom.
- Medium: Wood
- Place Found: Tuna el Gebel, Egypt
- Dates: 305-30 B.C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period (probably)
- Dimensions: Height: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 52.53
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: The King as Priest, 305-30 B.C.E. Wood, Height: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.53. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Soft brown wood statuette of a kneeling king, arms, in the round, extended over thighs and originally supporting some offering now lost. Nemes headdress, eyes painted yellow and black. Short kilt, inscribed on front center with single column of incised inscription reading [drawing of hieroglyphic inscription] 'the good god who has made monuments for his father Amon Re'. Probably a votive offering. Condition: Left forearm missing. Wood in very soft condition. Object originally supported between hands now missing.
- Record Completeness: Good (78%)