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Priest with Divine Standards

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

To the right of the central figure of a priest is the standard of a human-headed god wearing a crown with horns and double plumes, perhaps Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. To the left is the standard of the lion-headed goddess Sakhmet, who sports a solar disk.

These standards are indications of privilege representing the king's essential life force, known as his ka. They enabled the bearer to hear prayers and to forward them to the gods. Such standard-bearing sculptures were popular in Dynasty XIX, and this fragment can be dated to that time by the type of wig the priest wears and by his downward-slanting, almond-shaped eyes. Most comparable sculptures, however, bear only one standard, usually the ram-headed god Amun.

  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1295-1185 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XIX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 7 5/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 18.5 x 10.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Priest with Divine Standards, ca. 1295-1185 B.C.E. Stone, 5 1/2 x 7 5/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14 x 18.5 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 71.37.1. Creative Commons-BY
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