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Statuette of Wesir-nakht

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Late Period, Dynasty 31 (about 342–332 BCE)



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This statue demonstrates the permanence of Egyptian artistic styles. The man’s kilt, his broad collar, and even the style of his wig deliberately copy earlier styles, which harken back more than 2000 years. Wesirnakht is portrayed kneeling before a god with his arms on his thighs in a pose of reverence.


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Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Statuette of Wesir-nakht


Egypt (Object made in)

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342 BCE–332 BCE




Illuminating inscription on plinth: "...the revered in the presence of Dep and of Horus-the-Great of the two lands, dwelling in the horizon, (namely) the priest of Horus. The bull of his mother, Osirisnakht, son of the clothing-keeper Harotep, born of the house-mistress Tediese..."


16.5 × 6.6 × 8.5 cm (6 1/4 × 2 5/8 × 3 3/8 in.)

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W. Moses Willner Fund

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