Fragment of Pectoral
Egyptian religion frequently adopted a mulitplicity of approaches to explain or represent different aspects of a single divine concept. The sun god, for instance, had a morning aspect called Khepri, commonly depicted as a scarab beetle pushing the sun disk across the heavens much as a beetle rolls a ball of dung across the desert floor. The noontime sun was Re or Re-Horakhty, often shown as a falcon or falcon-headed man with a sun disk on his head. Atum, who personified the sun that set over the western horizon to travel through the underworld, could be represented in many guises, including those of a human-headed cobra, a ram-headed man, or a weary old man.
- Medium: Steatite, glazed
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-332 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty - XXXI Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 1 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 5/16 in. (3.9 x 9.6 x 0.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 68.18
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragment of Pectoral, ca. 664-332 B.C.E. Steatite, glazed, 1 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 5/16 in. (3.9 x 9.6 x 0.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 68.18. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (78%)