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Bust of an Official

Late Period
Dynasty 30
380–342 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina), Ptah Temple
H. 38.1 cm (15 in.); W. 30.1 cm (11 7/8 in.); D. 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
Very occasionally do Egyptian statues convey a mood of sadness or concern like this one. This statue has plausibly been dated to the post-Persian Period where such features seem to fit best. The position of the arms and the lack of a back pillar suggest the original statue represented a cross-legged sitting official; if so, it would then be one of the several revivals in the fourth century of features that had gone out of vogue in early Dynasty 26.
Purchased by the Museum from Khaouam Brothers, Cairo, 1925.

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