<em>Amun-Re in a Crown with Tall Plumes</em>, ca. 760-656 B.C.E. Bronze, gold, 7 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/16 in. (20.2 x 3.8 x 3.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.254E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.254E_print_bw_SL1.jpg)

Amun-Re in a Crown with Tall Plumes

Medium: Bronze, gold

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 760-656 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 7 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/16 in. (20.2 x 3.8 x 3.7 cm)


Museum Location: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 37.254E

Image: 37.254E_print_bw_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
One bronze figure of the god Amun partially inlaid with gold. The figure strides forward in the traditional pose, the right arm down along the right flank, but not pressed to it. An opening through the hand suggests a scepter (now lost) was placed there. The figure sports an elaborately pleated kilt, this emphasized by an incised herringbone pattern on the surface. The belt beaurs incised "braid" work to either side of the central buckle (uninscribed). About the neck a broad collar is seen, inlaid with gold. The torso is well modelled and bears a strong but highly naturalistic median line and slight swelling of the abdomen. The legs are equally well modelled. The face is finely wrought. The lips are full with distinct philtrum, the corners of the mouth upturned. The eyes are deeply set with white of the eye picked out in gold inlay; all cosmetic lines are shown in fine relief and the cheekbones are emphasized. The nose is broad at the base, but in fine proportion to the bridge and rest of the face in general. Modelled on the sides of the head the supports of the beard terminate in a finely modelled on upturned at the tip. It too bears raised decorative braiding. The ears are finelly modelled and very naturalistic. Atop the head Amun sports a crown composed of two feathers and the solar disc. The feathers are decoratively incised. The crown ornament of feathers and disc were also made separately and later placed in slot in the crown. A very fine black patina covers the entire piece. There is a vertical slash across the forehead and brim of the crown and some pitting (probably from the casting) on the feather and solar disc ornament. A dent is also evident on the kilt at the level of the right hip. Condition: Right leg broken at mid-calf: left leg broken at ankle: the lower parts are lost. Arms cast separately. The left arm is now missing.

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