Statuette of a striding king or deity - ROM2018_16484_34


Statuette of a striding king or deity

Medium:Bronze, cast
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 716-525 BC
Period: 25th (Kushite)-26th (Saite) Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period to Late Period
18 x 4.9 cm
Object number: 931.2.1
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This fine statuette lacks specific attributes which would enable us to identify the person or deity represented. He may be the god Neferhotep, sometimes shown as a child deity, the son of Hathor.  He can also be shown, howevver, as handsome adult man, associated with male potency and fertility. His name can be interpreted in several ways, among them, ‘perfect in conciliation,’ and ‘beautiful rest.’

Some elements of iconography, such as the curly wig and slender waist, might argue that this was a statuette of one of the Kushite or Saite kings, though he does not resemble  their known images.  He wears a royal uraeus and a simple shendyt kilt, but has no jewellery. His long beard, slightly turned up at the bottom, appears to be of divine, rather than royal style.

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