Statuette of a cake-carrier - ROM2018_16159_6


Statuette of a cake-carrier

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
13 x 4.5 x 5.5 cm
Object number: 910.17.18
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This interesting little statue belongs to a rather rare and unusual type of bronze servant statues.  It depicts a boy carrying a large platter of cakes on his head. 

The boy is very slender with no indication of muscles.  His face is rather crude. He steps forward on rather heavy legs.  He wears only the traditional double-kilt. 

Where is he taking those cakes?  Are they offerings for a god, as would seem most likely, or is he bringing food to some ceremony such as the rewarding of an officer? Unfortunately, his provenance is unknown, so we can only guess he was a votive offering to a god. In that case, which god?  There are countless wooden servant statues carrying various foodstuffs into a tomb made of wood, but bronze was expensive and usually used for images of deities.  Could he have been a commemoration of a favourite servant, taken into a tomb with a person of wealth and power, to serve for all eternity?

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