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Figure of a King

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3028, Figure of a King, Egyptian Late Period; 715 BC - 332 BC

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Egyptian
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 12.5 x 3.6 x 6.8cm

This seated figure of an Egyptian king wearing a short kilt and striated tripartite wig is lacking its uraeus, the sacred cobra mounted onto the front of the headdress worn by pharaohs. Also apparently missing are a crook and flail which it probably held in its hands. The catalogue notes ‘monitor left hand side for bronze disease’.

Edmund Engelman’s 1938 photographs of Freud’s office in Vienna show that the statuette once stood on a side table next to the main desk alongside Imhotep,  two seated Egyptians flanking a Chinese figure and a tray containing smoking utensils. In Freud’s London office, however, the King was placed on the main desk, indicating that the arrangement of Freud’s antiquities was stable but not static. See Object 33 for other figure of a king.

Information from Ro Spankie, 2014, 'An Anecdoted Topography of Sigmund Freud's desk'

See this object on our Collections site here

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