Egyptian Bronze Imhotep
An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of Imhotep, the deified architect and physician under King Djoser. He is seated with his feet resting on a foot-stool and holding an open scroll with engraved inscription on his lap reading, "Imhptep (Imhotep), son of Ptah." He wears a long kilt with pleated over-fold, broad beaded collar with falcon-headed terminals, and a close-fitting cap.
26th Dynasty, 664-625 BC.
Imhotep (c. 2650-2600 BC) served under the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser as architect, engineer, and physician. He designed the Step Pyramid complex of Djoser and as such is the first known architect in recorded history. He was given divine status following his death, with a cult located in Memphis. He was revered for over two millennia. His tomb has never been found.
Formerly with J. Schulman, Amsterdam, prior to 1978; subsequently G. R. collection, Amsterdam, acquired in May 1978.