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Figure of a Kneeling Priest

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The kneeling posture conveys honor and reverence. The offering table suggests appeasement because it takes the form of a hieroglyph for “offering” and “pacification.” The priest with upraised arms and open palms makes a gesture of worship before a god. He wears a sash across his chest, a badge of priesthood.
DATES ca. 664-332 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 × 1 1/16 × 1 1/4 in. (7.9 × 2.7 × 3.2 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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