A God's Wife of Amun
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This figure's heavy wig bears traces of the vulture headdress with cobra worn by royal women, goddesses, and God's Wives of Amun. Because very few bronzes of God's Wives of Amun are known, identification is difficult. Scholars have attributed the statue to priestesses ranging in date from Shepenwepet I of the Libyan-Egyptian Dynasty XXIII to Shepenwepet II of the Nubian Dynasty XXV. The Dynasty XXIII dating is unlikely.
ca. 760-656 B.C.E.
Dynasty 23 to Dynasty 25
Third Intermediate Period
7 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (19.4 x 5.4 x 3.5 cm) (show scale)
Gifts in memory of Christos G. Bastis and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
The female figure wears a vulture headdress over a striated wig; broad collar; and a sheath reaching to the ankles.
Condition: Right arm broken off just above elbow; greenish brown patina; several hair line fractures in the surface.
A God's Wife of Amun, ca. 760-656 B.C.E. Bronze, 7 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (19.4 x 5.4 x 3.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gifts in memory of Christos G. Bastis and Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 1999.110. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1999.110_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.1999.110_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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