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Small Statue of Imhotep

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 305-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 1 3/16 x 2 5/16 in. (11.5 x 3 x 5.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze figure of Imhotep. The god is shown in a seated position with his feet resting upon a representation of a footrest. The throne upon which he was meant to sit was made separately and is missing. The god wears a tight-fitting cap, broad collar, and a long pleated skirt. In his two hands he holds the ends of a papyrus represented as unrolled across his lap. Inscribed on the roll are two lines of an unclear inscription which seems to give the name Imhotep. Condition: A black patina with splotches of cuprite here and there. Solid cast. Some pitting of surface and three spots of disease.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Small Statue of Imhotep, 305-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 4 1/2 x 1 3/16 x 2 5/16 in. (11.5 x 3 x 5.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.373E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.373E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE threequarter, unedited master file, 37.373E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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