The Museum’s Egyptian art collection includes a striking ritual figure carved of wood (4th century B.C.–early Ptolemaic Period, 380–246 B.C.). The fluid pose and chest- beating gesture of this extraordinary figure evokes a stately performance. Egyptian relief representations depict figures such as this one as part of a troupe of similarly genuflecting divine beings with falcon- and jackal-heads. This troupe is usually seen attending the sunrise or the birth and coronation of a king. It is not easy to explain the presence among the animal-headed divinities of the human-headed figure wearing—as seen here—the regalia of a pharaoh. But whether this figure depicts an actual king or represents a mythical being, this masterpiece of the wood carver was certainly part of a temple’s equipment. Our adaptation is based on the dramatic original figure.
Bonded bronze. Hand patinated. 11 1/2''H x 5 3/4''W x 5 1/4''D.