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Small Statue of Imhotep

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 305-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (9.8 x 2.9 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.374E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Small Statue of Imhotep, 305-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (9.8 x 2.9 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.374E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.374E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE threequarter, unedited master file, 37.374E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze figure of Imhotep in a seated position (the seat which was made separately is now missing). His feet rest upon a footrest from which descends a tang. He wears a tight-fitting cap and a short kilt. His right hand rests thumb up on his lap. His left hand, also resting on his lap, holds a cylindrical object which is probably to be interpreted as a papyrus roll. Condition: Green/black patina. The surface is very shiny, and it may have been coated. Some small spots of bright green and blue indicate reformation of new patina. Solid cast.
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