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Figure of a Kneeling Priest

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The kneeling posture conveys honor and reverence. The offering table suggests appeasement because it takes the form of a hieroglyph for “offering” and “pacification.” The priest with upraised arms and open palms makes a gesture of worship before a god. He wears a sash across his chest, a badge of priesthood.
DATES ca. 664–332 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 × 1 1/16 × 1 1/4 in. (7.9 × 2.7 × 3.2 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Figure of a Kneeling Priest, ca. 664–332 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 1/8 × 1 1/16 × 1 1/4 in. (7.9 × 2.7 × 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1031. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1031_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.35.1031_NegA_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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