Temple Statue of Pawerem, Priest of Bastet
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Each morning in the temple, the pharaoh, or a priest playing the role of pharaoh, cared for the image of a god in order to protect it from the forces of chaos and assist the god’s daily rebirth. Temple Statue of Pawerem holds a shrine containing an image of the goddess Bastet, while Kneeling Statue of a Man holds a seated figure of Osiris, the god of the dead. Such statues (called naophoros, or “shrine-bearing”) link their owners to the daily temple ritual and associate them permanently with the divine cycle of death and rebirth.
late XXVI Dynasty-early XXVII Dynasty
Height: 18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm)
Base: 3 x 7 1/4 x 11 in. (7.6 x 18.4 x 27.9 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Temple Statue of Pawerem, Priest of Bastet, 570-510 B.C.E. Diorite, Height: 18 7/8 in. (47.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.36E. Creative Commons-BY
installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.36E_view1_wwgA-2.jpg
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Black diorite or baslt naophorous statue of a priest of Bastet. The figure, who wears a Shendyt-kilt, kneels upon a rectangular plinth. Resting upon his legs is a deep naos. His palms rest against the sides of it as if to steady it. The front of the naos is decorated with a recess in which is carved, in relief, a figure of the goddess Bastet. The goddess wears a lappet wig, broad collar, and tight dress.
The stone is smoothly polished. The torso modeling is simple without indication of a median line. The one preserved nipple is given in relief. An extension of the stone connects the rear of the naos with the abdomen.
Condition: Base chipped; head, right shoulder, upper arms missing; top of back pillar missing; most of piece chipped.
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