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The Sun God Shamash

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
Shamash, a Near Eastern sun god, is shown seated. His helmet is decorated in relief with horns and topped by a sun disk, which may have been copied from representations of Egyptian solar deities. Shamash’s fine features and full, pointed beard are typically Syrian; his eyes were once inlaid. His arms are bent forward, with the hands partially preserved. He wears a mantle with a thick border over a kilt with a fringed hem.
MEDIUM Copper
  • Place Made: Syria
  • DATES ca. 1700-1600 B.C.E.
    DIMENSIONS 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1995.27
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Shelby White, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Ancient Near Eastern. The Sun God Shamash, ca. 1700-1600 B.C.E. Copper, 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Shelby White, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 1995.27. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.27_SL1.jpg)
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