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The Sun God Shamash

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
  • Place Made: Syria
  • DATES ca. 1700–1600 B.C.E.
    DIMENSIONS 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Shelby White, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    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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