Art/ Collection/ Art Object

An ancient base asking blessings from Heka for the Scribe of the Library of Atum Pa-kap, son of the Prophet of Atum Pa-iry-kap and the mistress of the House Hr-ib-Wadjet; statue modern above the ankles

Late Period and Modern
664–332 B.C. and Modern
From Egypt
Bronze, precious metal inlay
H. 19 cm (7 1/2 in.); W. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.); D. 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.) H. (with tangs): 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
Not on view
The bronze base of this figure is ancient and the hieroglyphic inscription asks the god Heka for all life, health and joy for one scribe of the library of Atum Pa-kap. However, the statuette above the ankles, including the belt inscribed in hieratic, is of brass, an alloy which was not used for metal statuary in pharaonic or Ptolemaic Egypt, and is certainly modern.
Purchased by the Museum from Abemayor, New York, 1948.

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