Limestone figure of a kneeling priest: a juvenile type of face is combined with the fullness of body found on royal images made late in Amenhotep III's reign. The result is a sloe-eyed little figure who looks like nothing so much as a chubby, pretty child. He is, of course, a man and probably an important one. In addition to the leopard skin vestment of a priest, he wears a short wig from which hangs a braided, curled sidelock. This headdress was worn by several different kinds of priest, from funerary priests to the High Priest of Ptah at Memphis, at this time probably the second most powerful religious office in the land (after the High Priest of Amun at Thebes) and the most prestigious. Amenhotep III's crowned prince served as High Priest of Ptah, and so, later on, did the crown prince of Ramses the Great. It is probable that the priest's name and titles were inscribed on the front of the object he held, which has been entirely sheared away, along with his hands. What remains is only the negative space connecting his arms and his body to the object. From the shape of the break, however, it appears to have been an offering table on a stand. Kneeling reverently, the figure was presenting offerings to a god. The fortuitous preservation of the paint, especially on the head and back, shows that this was applied lavishly and with care, from the unusually naturalistic rendering of the leopard's pelt, including the white strip of belly fur visible along his proper left side, to the use of expensive blue pigment on his sidelock and perhaps elsewhere. Of his jewellery a "Gold of Honor" necklace of disk beads, armlets, and bracelets - only ghosts remain; one wonders if they might have been gilded.
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