Gold Statuette of Amun-Re

Gold Statuette of Amun-Re. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 26.7.1412
Gold Statuette of Amun-Re. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 26.7.1412

This statuette, cast in solid gold, is an extremely rare example of the statuary made of precious materials that, according to ancient descriptions, filled the sanctuaries of temples. The figure could have been mounted on top of a ceremonial scepter or standard. 

For the Egyptians, the color of gold and the sheen of its surface were associated with the sun, and the skin of gods was supposed to be made of gold. As a creator god, Amun is most often identified as Amun-Re (in the typical Egyptian blending of deities, Amun is combined with the main solar deity, Re).

Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 945-712 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 26.7.1412

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