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Archeological Object

Statuette of Imhotep

The bronze statuette represents Imhotep, architect of the pharaoh Gioser, sitting on a stool with an open papyrus on his knees. He wears a wide pleated skirt that covers his legs to the ankles and the necklace usekh; head wears the typical headgear of the god Ptah.
The base is decorated on two sides by an inscription: on the left side the hieroglyphics are no longer readable, and probably there was engraved the name of the person who dedicated this ex-voto, while on the front the  text reads: "Imhotep, life."
Although is part of the class of objects produced in series, this statuette shows a certain attention to detail, for example in the gold foil that covers the eyes or in the rendering of details of the stool.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.40552
  Class and ware: Votive furnishings
Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Late period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Bronze
  Technique: Casting
  Height: 15,4

1979, Lise G. “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano,p. 38 (cat.308), tavv. 296 - 297

1999, Tiradritti F. in Tiradritti F. (a cura di) “Lingue e scritture nell’Antico Egitto. Sesh” (catalogo della mostra), Milano, p. 139


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