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God's Wife Tagerem

Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemaic Dynasty
300–250 B.C.
From Egypt, Western Delta, Sakhebu
H. 42 cm (16 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Liana Weindling Gift, in memory of her mother, 2010
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
The priestess Tagerem was God's Wife of the god Re in Sakhebu in the southwestern Delta, a temple functionary of special order, intimate of the god. The statue embodies the perfected ideal of the female form attained in the early part of the Egyptian Ptolemaic period (approximately 300-250 B.C.): demure in its composure and yet alluring.
Dépras, Oriente et Occidente Galerie, Paris, in 1957. Private Collection, Paris. Purchased by the museum at auction, Sotheby's New York, December 10, 2009.

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