Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
Dynasty 26 or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
5 11/16 x 1 9/16 x 22 1/16 in. (14.4 x 3.9 x 56 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Snake Coffin, 664-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 11/16 x 1 9/16 x 22 1/16 in. (14.4 x 3.9 x 56 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.624. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 36.624_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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Oblong bronze receptacle, probably for mummified reptile, surmounted by long uraeus serpent with human head. Uraeus and double crown on head, incised details. No inscription but snake is undoubtedly a representation of Atum.
Condition: Good. The object has obviously been cleaned fairly recently and this has been well done. Apparently it has been assembled from two pieces for there is a repair at about the center, ancient (?). The end of the base is missing. Good work.
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