Pharaoh Offering an Image of Ma`at
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This sunk relief depicts a pharaoh in traditional attire—wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt—and in a standard pose of offering. He holds a conventional image of a goddess, identified as Maat by her feathers. This offering signifies that the king has fulfilled his traditional responsibility of preserving the Egyptians’ universal order, personified as Maat. Yet the style of the relief dates it to the time when the actual ruler was either one of the later kings of the Macedonian Greek family of Ptolemy or the Roman emperor Augustus, who conquered Ptolemaic Egypt but never lived there.
1st century B.C.E.
Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
19 × 1 15/16 × 27 1/16 in. (48.3 × 5 × 68.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Egyptian. Pharaoh Offering an Image of Ma`at, 1st century B.C.E. Sandstone, 19 × 1 15/16 × 27 1/16 in. (48.3 × 5 × 68.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1525E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1525E_NegB_print_bw_SL4.jpg)
overall, 37.1525E_NegB_print_bw_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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