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Amun

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.); W. 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.); D. 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904
Accession Number:
04.2.451
Not on view
Amun was one of Egypt’s most celebrated deities, worshipped as a universal, cosmic god and frequently called the king of the gods. In copper alloy he is almost invariably shown, as here, in anthropomorphic form wearing a short kilt and a tall double feather crown with a sun disc, which alludes to his solar and cosmic aspects, including his conflation with the sun god Re. Further elaborations on this statuette include a broad collar and arm bands. His right hand is socketed for the attachment of an attribute.
Amun gained tremendous popularity in the New Kingdom when he became a kind of national god, and this continued into later periods. His cult originated in Thebes and his temple at Karnak remains one of the most stunning achievements of Egyptian cult and architecture, but he was worshipped in temples and shrines throughout Egypt. In the first millennium BC, statuettes of Amun were offered at many sites throughout Egypt, perhaps in part because, according to some common epithets, he was considered to be a god who listened to and helped his people.
Collection of Judge Elbert E. Farman, formed when he was U.S. consul general in Egypt 1876–84. Donated to the museum by Darius Ogden Mills, New York, in 1904.

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