High Priest of Ptah or Crown Prince

Third Intermediate Period, Kushite?

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125

This finely modeled head wears a sidelock attached to the right side of his head. The sidelock is worn by children, royal sons, and by certain priests, particularly the High Priest of Ptah at Memphis, probably because the priestly role has some filial aspect. This statue might represent a king's son or, more likely, a High Priest of Ptah.

High Priest of Ptah or Crown Prince, Diorite

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