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Statuette of Imhotep

A work made of copper alloy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper alloy.


Ptolemaic Period (305–30 BCE)



About this artwork

Imhotep was the architect who designed the Stepped Pyramid of King Djoser (Dynasty 3, c.2687 BCE). Fifteen hundred years later, Imhotep was deified and revered as a god of healing and wisdom. As a sign of his learning, he holds an unrolled papyrus on his lap.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Statuette of Imhotep


Egypt (Object made in)

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305 BCE–30 BCE


Copper alloy


12.5 × 3.8 × 6.5 cm (5 × 1 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Norman W. Harris

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