Height: 180.300 cm (max.)
Gift of E. Fletcher
Room 4: Egyptian sculpture
Kneeling statue of Wahibre offering a shrine
From near Lake Mareotis in the north-west
26th Dynasty, about 530 BC
Highly polished, black basalt statue
Wahibre was governor of the Western Delta during the Twenty-sixth Dynasty. That he could afford to set up a statue of this quality indicates his importance.
The statue was
probably set up in a temple, and shows Wahibre demonstrating his
piety. He holds up a
In terms of style, the statue shows many characteristic features of art of the Late Period (661-332 BC). For example, Wahibre's face exhibits idealised features of a new type, which may seem rather bland to us. Egyptologists often associate this type of 'idealising' with the post-Persian period (after 332 BC), but in this case the statue's date is not in doubt.
G. Robins, The art of ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)