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Temple Statue of Pawerem, Priest of Bastet

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
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.
MEDIUM Diorite
DATES 570-510 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XXVI Dynasty-early XXVII Dynasty
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 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)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.36E_view2_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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