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Sunk Relief of a King

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This image, possibly from a temple, shows a king with arms raised in adoration or offering before one or more now missing deities. Above the king is a sun disk, which hieroglyphs identify as a form of the celestial king Horus. The sun disk's pendant cobras with life signs are the protective goddesses of northern and southern Egypt.

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Delta, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 874–773 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 27 x 12 1/4 x 4in. (68.6 x 31.1 x 10.2cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CAPTION Sunk Relief of a King, ca. 874–773 B.C.E. Limestone, 27 x 12 1/4 x 4in. (68.6 x 31.1 x 10.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 1991.40. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1991.40_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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