Gold Statuette of Amun


Statuette of Amun
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, ca. 945712 B.C.E
Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Karnak possibly
Gold, h. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in); w. 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in); d 5.8 cm (2 1/4 in); weight 0.9 kg. (2 lbs)
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926, MMA 26.7.1412


(From the info card)
"The gold figure may have served as a cult statuette. The god originally wore two tall feathers with a sun disk that concealed a loop and stood on a small gold platform. Loops appear frequently and in many positions on metal statuary, though their actual use or symbolic meaning is unclear.

"The facial features of the statuette differ from yet evoke the great Thutmoside kings, a well-known tendency in the Third Intermediate Period, whose kings were of Libyan origin and sought to identify with great Thutmoside and Ramesside predecessors. The segmented modeling of the torso, however, is characteristic of the era."