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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 3 7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (9.8 x 2.9 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze figure of Imhotep in a seated position (the seat which was made separately is now missing). His feet rest upon a footrest from which descends a tang. He wears a tight-fitting cap and a short kilt. His right hand rests thumb up on his lap. His left hand, also resting on his lap, holds a cylindrical object which is probably to be interpreted as a papyrus roll. Condition: Green/black patina. The surface is very shiny, and it may have been coated. Some small spots of bright green and blue indicate reformation of new patina. Solid cast.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Small Statue of Imhotep, 305-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 3 7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (9.8 x 2.9 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.374E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.374E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
    IMAGE threequarter, unedited master file, 37.374E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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