Kushite priest wearing garment with leopard's head and tassels, subsequently adapted for a king

Period: Late Period, Kushite

Dynasty: Dynasty 25

Date: ca. 712–664 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Leaded bronze, precious metal leaf

Dimensions: H. 21 x D. 5.5 cm (8 1/4 x 2 3/16 in)

Credit Line: Purchase, Gift in memory of Manuel Schnitzer and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2010

Accession Number: 2010.259


The rounded head with small features atop a slender but powerful body identifies this statue as Kushite. Beneath the bare torso, the lower body is clothed with a kilt. From a wide belt hangs a leopard's head, signifiying priestly office, and long cords ending in vegetal tassels. The arms and legs, now missing, would have been attached separately.