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Kneeling Statue of Nesbanebdjedet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Nesbanebdjedet was one of several Libyans contending for rule in Egypt from the end of Dynasty XXII to Dynasty XXIV. He seems to have had an exaggerated sense of his own power. The hieroglyphic text on the base uses phraseology normally applied only to kings, and the kneeling attitude is usually reserved for royal representations.

MEDIUM Egyptian faience
  • Reportedly From: Giza, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 755–730 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 22 to early Dynasty 24
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (13.6 x 4.8 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pale green glassy faience (or glazed steatite?) figure of Nes-ba-neb-djedit, "Prophet of Amun-Re," kneeling, holding two nw-pots and wearing a shendyt kilt. Back pillar and base inscribed. Head and top of back pillar missing.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Kneeling Statue of Nesbanebdjedet, ca. 755–730 B.C.E. Egyptian faience, 5 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (13.6 x 4.8 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.344E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.344E_front_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.344E_front_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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