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3027, Imhotep, Late Period; 716-332 B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Egyptian
Material: bronze
Dimensions: h. 4 in. / 12 cm

This bronze statue is of Imhotep, a deified statesman from the 3rd Dynasty (2705-2640 B.C.). Although today he is best known as the architect of the Stepped Pyramid for King Djoser at Saqqara, in his own time he was greatly regarded as a sage. Later in antiquity he became known as a healer and magician, and was fully deified as the son of Ptah, god of craftsmen. Upon the arrival of the Greeks, he became associated with Asklepios, the Greek god of healing. Freud refers to Asklepios in context with the healing power of dreams, and would have been aware of Imhotep’s connection to his Greek equivalent.

Although it bears no inscription, this figure is identified as Imhotep by its close fitting cap and unrolled scroll of papyrus. It is seated, and would have originally been seated in a throne.

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