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Statue of a Priest, Wen-amun Son of Nes-ba-neb-dedet and Ta-sherit-Khonsu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

These three statues, from three different periods, were all carved from limestone. This kind of stone occurs in different grades from soft to hard. The harder the limestone, the more difficult to carve and the more skilled the sculptor must be. Soft limestone reveals less detail. Though nearly all ancient Egyptian statues were painted, the paint on the statuette hides the lower-grade stone used here.

All three statues would have been used in the tomb as a place for the ka-soul to reside and accept food offerings for the deceased from the living.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 50 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 15 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (39 x 7.7 x 18 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 36.834
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Statue of a Priest, Wen-amun Son of Nes-ba-neb-dedet and Ta-sherit-Khonsu, ca. 50 B.C.E. Limestone, 15 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (39 x 7.7 x 18 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.834. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.36.834_NegCEG364_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Statue of a standing man in hard crystalline limestone. Conventional composition, frontal. Arms at sides, left leg advanced. Headless. Rear pillar carelessly inscribed for Wn-nfr, son of Ns’-b3-nb-dd.t and the sistrum player T3-sry.t-hnsw. Condition: Head missing. Body assembled from two pieces. Scattered chips. Portions of surface seem to have been cleaned with an abrasive to remove incrustations.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (89%)
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