Fragment of relief sculpture of a man holding a staff - ROM2005_4034_5

ROM2005_4034_5

Fragment of relief sculpture of a man holding a staff

Medium:Limestone, carved
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-525 BC
Period: 26th (Saite) Dynasty, Late Period
Dimensions:
16.5 x 17.8 cm
Object number: 948.34.89
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description

This relief dates to the Saite period of Egyptian rule after the expulsion of the Kushite kings. During these years, Egyptian artists looked to earlier periods for inspiration; this piece follows Old Kingdom models. This piece of limestone relief may be from a false-door stela in honour of the deceased.  It depicts a man facing left, wearing a long plain wig behind large ears. He holds a staff and wears a broad collar and a sash across his chest indicating that he may have been a lector priest.


Collection:
Egypt
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