Height: 35.800 cm
Gift of H.R.H. Hall (1927)
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Bronze statue of Khonsuirdis
26th Dynasty, around 630 BC
An important official of the reign of Psamtek I
Bronze figures are not particularly common before the Late Period (661-332 BC), but in that period and the following Greek epoch, they were a favoured form for the production of small votive figures for dedication in temples. Most were of deities, but some, such as this piece, show private individuals.
inscription tell us that Khonsuirdis was 'Governor of Upper
Egypt', one of the highest officials in the administration.
However, here he is shown as a priest with a shaven head and a
leopard-skin vestment, holding or presenting a shrine of a god.
Only the pedestal of this remains, as it was separately cast piece
and has become detached. The shrine was probably that of
G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
E.R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt: masterworks of (University of California Press, 2001)
H.R. Hall, 'The bronze statuette of Khonserdaisu in the British Museum', Journal of Egyptian Archaeo-10, 16 (1930), pp. 1-2, plate II