Egyptian Bronze Statuette of a Pharaoh
An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of a Pharaoh striding, his left leg forward, his right arm at his side. He is bare chested with a broad collar and shendyt kilt. He wears the blue crown or war crown (khepresh).
Late Period, ca. 700-30 BC.
The blue crown (called the khepresh) was worn by pharaohs to symbolize military power when going into battle.
Cf. M. Hill, ed. Gifts for the Gods. Images From the Egyptian Temples (New York, 2007), pp. 194-195, cat. nos. 53 (Rijksmuseum, Leiden inv. no. L.VII.70) and 55 (Louvre inv. no. N 506), both dating to the Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC). An example in wood of much earlier date (ca. 1390-1352 BC) but in the same pose wearing the blue crown is in the Brooklyn Museum, inv. no. 48.28.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired at Hotel de Ventes, Paris, January 29, 1989; previously in a French private collection.