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Torso of an official of Nectanebo I

Late Period
Dynasty 30
reign of Nectanebo I
380–362 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Eastern Delta, Saft el-Hina (Per-Sopdu)
Gray green diorite
H. 43.5 x W. 23.8 x D. 13.5 cm (17 1/8 x 9 3/8 x 5 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anne and John V. Hansen Egyptian Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2002
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 128
The name of the man represented is not preserved, but he proudly asserts his attachment to Nectanebo I by placing the king's cartouches at the head of the texts on the back pillar. The slightly greenish flocked stone is associated with the site of Saft el-Hina, and, indeed, the left side of the back pillar figures an address by the deceased to the priesthood of the temple of Sopdu, confirming that the statue stood in the ancient city of Per Sopdu, modern Saft el-Hina.

Per Sopdu was located at the eastern edge of the Egyptian Delta and at the western end of the Wadi Tumilat that connects the Nile valley to Sinai near the Red Sea. This was an important route during the century of the Persian Occupation and the protracted struggle that ensued during the fourth century. The temple of the city was rebuilt and greatly enriched by Nectanebo I and further embellished by Nectanebo II.
Purchased by Otto L. Spaeth, New York, about 1950 from Dikran Kelekian. Included in the exhibition and catalog Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period, Brooklyn, New York, 1960. Passed down in the family, and purchased by the museum from Otto Spaeth, Rye, New York, in 2002.

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