King and Ichneumon
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
The king was the officiant par excellence in temple ritual, the one who forged the links between god and man. Here the king stands before an ichneumon, an animal in whose form the god Atum is often represented. The position of the king’s hands indicates that he once held an offering before him.
XXVI Dynasty to XXXI Dynasty
5 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (12.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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King and Ichneumon, 664-332 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (12.7 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 76.105.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.105.2_front_PS1.jpg)
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