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Antelope Head

Late Period
Dynasty 27
525–404 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
Greywacke, travertine (Egyptian alabaster), agate
h. 9 cm (3 9/16 in); w. 15 cm (5 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers and Fletcher Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 123
This head of an antelope represents Late Period animal sculpture at its very best. The well preserved right eye, inlaid with alabaster and agate, gives the animal a truely lifelike quality.

The head was probably part of a ceremonial boat of hard stone that stood in a temple sanctuary. Boats with antelope heads at the prow were sacred to the god Sokar. A Sokar boat can be seen on the inner coffin of Khaisher in Gallery 21.

Another fine animal sculpture in the collection, slightly later in date, is the Museum's falcon with Nectanebo II of Dynasty 30 (see 34.2.1).
Purchased from Peter Sharrer, Ancient Art Inc, New Jersey, 1992. Before that Charles Ede Limited, London, and before that Mieke Zilverberg Kunsthandel, Amsterdam who acquired the piece from a German private collection. Published in BMMA Fall 1992 and subsequently, continuously exhibited.

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 12–13, 45, no. 5.

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