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Striding Figure of a Priest

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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

The striding male figure is found in all periods of Egyptian art. This uninscribed example was either an object made for the tomb or a votive offering meant to be left in a temple as a token expressing thanks to the resident deity or seeking his favor. The shaven head suggests that the figure represents a priest.

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Reportedly From: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1070-656 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 21 to Dynasty 25
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 13/16 x 1 5/16 x 1 3/4 in. (12.3 x 3.4 x 4.4 cm)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.363E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One bronze statuette of a man. The figure strides forward with the left foot, wearing a traditional kilt as its only ornament. The torso is emaciated in appearance, the head swollen. The left arm is raised and the hand grasps at what a staff (now lost). The right arm is stationary at, but away from, the right flank. The hand holds a folded piece of cloth. The face has large heavily outlined almond shaped yes, bulbous nose and small mouth. The corners of the mouth turn upward. The ears flair out at the sides of the head which is completely devoid of hair. A strongly incised median line may be seen on the rear. Dowels on the bottom of the feet are for insertion into a base (now lost). Condition: A strong green/black patina covers the entire piece.
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