Standing Figure of the God Amun-Re Bronze, Gold, (left arm missing, shoulder damaged)
7 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 7/16 in. (20.2 x 3.8 x 3.7 cm)
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XXV, ca. 760-656 B.C.E.
Brooklyn #37.254E, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photos © Joan Lansberry, top May 2008, bottom May 2012, edited 2016
(From the info card):|
"If the headdress of this otherwise typical male figure included only the caplike crown and tall plumes, one might identify it as the god Amun. The solar disk at the base of the feathers, however, can be both an image of the god Re and a writing of his name. Thus it is probable, although the Egyptians were not totally consistent in conveying such messages, that the deity is Amun-Re. Such a merging of two or more deities is called syncretism.
"Syncretism did not mean that the individual deities ceased to exist independently. Rather, each deity coexisted within the new being. The solar deity Re, for instance, was the power of the Creator tangible in heat and light. Amun, whose name means "hidden," was the invisible Creator or creative power. Amun-Re could thus represent both aspects of the Creator or Amun as a solar deity."
"A god whose name itself suggests that the visible sun god, Re, is now also bound up with the hiddenness of existence." _Hathor Rising_, by Alison Roberts, page 73
Erik Hornung explains: