Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
664–30 B.C.
From Egypt
Cupreous metal
L. 5.1 × W. 1.1 × H. 3.3 cm (1 5/16× 7/8 × 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Lily S. Place, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The canine god Wepwawet, associated with Abydos, is depicted here on the bar of a standard. Raised on a pole the standard of Wepwawet was one of the enigmatic symbols carried in front of the king in certain processions throughout Egyptian history. From the Middle Kingdom such standards became associated with Osiris processions. In front of the god is a balloon-like shape whose meaning is not secure, and behind that are two curvilinear forms representing two rearing uraeus cobras.that reinforced the age-old power of the symbolic standard.
This small example may have been intended as an accoutrement for a small processional bark.
Collection of Lily S. Place, Cairo. Donated by Lily Place to the museum, 1923.

Harer, Ben 2008. "The Drexel Collection: From Egypt to the Diaspora." In Servant of Mut: studies in honor of Richard A. Fazzini, about collector Lily S. Place.