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Raised Relief of a Priest

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This relief is attributed to Saqqara, one of the cemeteries of the Lower, or northern, Egyptian capital city of Memphis, because it represents a Memphite priest and its texts mention Memphite deities. It is carved with less severe outlines and facial features and in less compact limestone than contemporary reliefs made at Thebes. The style recalls New Kingdom Memphite reliefs.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 664–610 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY early Dynasty 26
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 5/16 x 14 3/4 in. (28.8 x 37.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone relief. In high relief standing figure of the sem priest Ptah, preserved to about shoulders, facing right with right arm and hand outstretched apparently making an offering to his mother. He wears side-lock with curled wig. Line of fine hieroglyphs at top edge and one column behind the priest. Condition: Poor. Most of surface near upper edge lost and scattered areas all over relief have been attacked by salt (?) and lost. Remains of red paint on flesh of man, edges of hieroglyphs and scattered points.
    CAPTION Raised Relief of a Priest, ca. 664–610 B.C.E. Limestone, 11 5/16 x 14 3/4 in. (28.8 x 37.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.165. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.61.165_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.61.165_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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