Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Priest in a leopard skin cloak with an inscription and Osiris on his skirt

Third Intermediate Period or later
Dynasty 25
ca. 712–664 B.C.
From Egypt
Leaded bronze
H. 8.6 × W. 3 × D. 3 cm (3 3/8 × 1 3/16 × 1 3/16 in.); H (with tenon): 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Over the leopard skin this man is wearing is a banderole inscribed with the remnants of his name and titles: “God’s Father, God’s Beloved, . . .Haty. . . .” It has been suggested that the presence of the titles and names of the subject rather than the king may be characteristic of the Kushite or very early Saite Period. If true, this would agree with the stylistic traits—broad neck, round skull, and small chin—that also link this figure to that era.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo 1922. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Hill, Marsha and Deborah Schorsch 2016. "Ptah's Profile." In Another Mouthful of Dust. Egyptological Studies in Honour of Geoffrey Thorndike Martin, 246, TIP/23 pp. 274-287.

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