|IMPORTANT EGYPTIAN BRONZE KNEELING PHARAOH
Wearing the nemes, an usekh necklace and the shendyt kilt; he is holding the right hand on his chest and the left forearm in upright position. The attitude is the henu pose, a traditional gesture expressing jubilation.
The toes are lacking, but otherwise in excellent condition.
XXVIth Dynasty 664-525 BC
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm.)
Ex Hélène Servais collection, Brussels, acquired in 1935.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2009, no. 184; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2011, no. 167.
Cf. M. Hill, Royal Bronze Statuary from Ancient Egypt, Leiden, 2004.
Only four other kings in this pose are known to us. Three are listed by Josephson (see J.A.Josephson, Egyptian Royal Sculpture of the Late Period 400-246 BC, Mainx, 1997, pp. 33-39, pl. 12); one in Paris (ex Hoffmann collection, bronze, H.: 15.5 cm), one in the British Museum (BM 11496, bronze, H.: 24.5 cm.) and the one in his own collection (ex de Béhague collection, now in the MMA, wood, H.: 21cm).
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