Temple Relief of a King as a Child Protected by a Goddess
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The ancient Egyptians often thought of transitions from one state to another in terms of birth. Thus, kings were shown as children (or even as adults) protected and nursed by goddesses in a variety of scenes, including their alleged divine births, their coronations, renewals of their royal and divine power, and their rebirth after death. The king represented here is a Nubian who ruled Egypt, probably Shebitku or Taharqa.
ca. 700-670 B.C.E.
late XXV Dynasty
Third Intermediate Period
9 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 1 7/16 in. (24 x 19 x 3.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Temple Relief of a King as a Child Protected by a Goddess, ca. 700-670 B.C.E. Sandstone, painted, 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 x 1 7/16 in. (24 x 19 x 3.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 70.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.1_SL1.jpg)
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